Friday, November 22, 2013

Commuters Should Benefit from Streamlined Traffic-Incident Reporting Systems

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office recently made changes to their traffic/road closure alerting system (Alert Loudoun) and to the traffic incident website to help residents plan their daily commutes.

Over the past few weeks members of the agency’s Media Relations and Communications Section and the Emergency Communications Center (Dispatch) have worked to streamline the process of sending traffic/road closure alerts through Alert Loudoun. Residents who subscribe to the Traffic/Road Closures category will receive e-mails and texts advising motorists of road closures and other delays affecting travel due to a crash or other incident being managed by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

To receive these alerts and to stay informed about other news and events from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Loudoun at

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office also improved their traffic incident website to include a mapping system. The new mapping system will enable residents to view the locations of each traffic-related incident being worked by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Middleburg Police Department, the Purcellville Police Department, or the Virginia State Police (if dispatched by the Sheriff's Office).

The information gathered on the website is pulled from the 9-1-1 Computer Aided Dispatch System and is updated in real-time. Commuters can use the site to check their route to and from work to determine if there are any traffic-related issues. The website can be accessed from any computer with Internet access or from HTML-enabled mobile browsers. The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents not to use your mobile browser while driving.

The enhancement to the traffic website was a joint project between the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations and Communications Section and the Loudoun County Department of Information Technology.

For more information on the traffic website, visit or view the site on your web-browsing cellphone at

“We understand that traffic is a significant issue within our county,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The Media Relations and Communications Section has greatly improved our outreach and communication with our community. These latest enhancements to our website, combined with the traffic alerts, will add to existing resources and aid residents with the latest traffic information they need for their daily commutes,” added Sheriff Chapman.

   For the latest Loudoun County traffic news and information, subscribe to Loudoun County Traffic via your favorite RSS reader, or get Loudoun County Traffic by e-mail.

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