Sunday, May 15, 2011

Aggressive Driving the Target of Enforecment Effort on Route 9 Starting Tomorrow

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police will combat aggressive driving on Route 9, starting tomorrow, Monday, May 16, through Memorial Day, May 30, targeting aggressive drivers in a continuing effort to promote highway safety and the efficient flow of traffic for Virginia motorists and visitors.

“Given the high volume of traffic and inherently hazardous nature of Route 9, it is imperative that motorists obey all traffic laws,” said Sheriff Simpson. “This enforcement effort is an excellent opportunity to remind drivers of the dangers of driving aggressively while simultaneously enforcing traffic laws.”

State Police and Sheriff’s Office personnel will utilize a variety of tactics including patrol with marked and unmarked police vehicles and checkpoints. Variable message boards will also notify motorists of the campaign.

With the increased presence of deputies and troopers on Route 9 as part of the safety initiative, motorists are reminded to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. The state law requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road.

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