Both state and local police offer safety campaigns in June
Operation Border to Border, a collaborative effort of state police from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York, seeks to decrease and prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities along the 791 mile highway. For three days, officers from those six state police forces will work together to conduct saturation patrols, sobriety check points and other law enforcement measures. The project begins at 12:01 a.m. on June 13 and runs until midnight on June 15.
This is Operation Border to Border's third year targeting Route 15. The project is connected to the nationwide traffic-safety effort, Drive to Save Lives. Last year, 684 speeders, 14 reckless drivers and 28 impaired drivers were cited, along with 260 seat belt violations, 11 child restraint violations and 147 motor carrier violations. Additionally, 25 people were arrested for felonies and misdemeanors, including 4 drug arrests. There were no traffic fatalities during the 2013 campaign.
Route 15, which spans from Waterboro, S.C. to Corning, N.Y., has 230 miles in Virginia. Over the course of 2013, the Virginia portion of the highway had 1,032 traffic crashes.
In addition to the statewide initiative, June is also Move Over Awareness Month in Loudoun County.
The purpose of the month is to remind drivers about "move over" and "move it" laws. According to the law, drivers are required to move over one lane, if possible, if an emergency vehicle on the side of the road is displaying emergency lights. If traffic is to congested to merge, drivers are required to slow down and be prepared to stop. Violating the law, a Class 1 misdemeanor passed in 2002, is punishable by possible jail time and a $2,500 fine.
The "move it" law requires drivers involved in fender benders with no injuries to move cars from travel lanes.