Monday, August 11, 2008

Loudoun County Launches New Traffic Web Site to Help with Daily Commute

The Loudoun County Sheriff?s Office and the County?s Department of Information Technology have developed a Web site to aid residents with their daily commutes.   
The Web site,, lists traffic incidents worked by the Loudoun County Sheriff?s Office, the Middleburg Police Department and the Purcellville Police Department. Commuters can use the site to check their route to and from work to determine if there are any traffic-related issues.

?Due to the high volume of traffic on our roadways, something as simple as a stalled vehicle on the shoulder of the road can cause major delays,? said Loudoun Sheriff Steve Simpson.  ?The Web site won?t help alleviate traffic, but it will give Loudoun commuters timely accident information and roadway conditions to assist them with their travel plans,? he added.

The listed incidents include major accidents, road closures, property damage accidents, minor accidents, hit and run accidents, traffic signal malfunctions, roadway obstructions and disabled vehicles. 
The Web site lists the incidents in real time and can be accessed from any computer with internet access or via HTML enabled mobile browsers. To view the Web site on your cell phone go to The Sheriff?s Office reminds residents never to use your mobile browser while operating a vehicle.   
Traffic-related issues worked by the Virginia State Police will be listed if the trooper was dispatched by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center.  Traffic incidents worked by the Leesburg Police Department are not listed. 

The incidents listed on the site include:

  • Major Accident: Crash involving one or more vehicles and possible serious injuries.
  • Property Damage Accident: Crash involving one or more vehicles with minor or no injuries. 
  • Disabled Vehicle: A malfunctioning vehicle possibly impeding traffic flow. 
  • Hit & Run Accident: A single or multiple vehicle crash where a vehicle has left the scene. 
  • Traffic Signal Malfunction: Traffic signals are either malfunctioning or off due to power failure. An intersection where there are four-way traffic signals that are off due to a power issues must be treated as a four-way stop. 
  • Road Closure: Roadway is closed due to police activity or severe weather conditions.
  • Roadway Obstruction: An object in the roadway is interfering with traffic flow or motorist safety.

The Web site is another tool from the county to aid residents with their commutes. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff?s Office and the Department of Information Technology worked on the law enforcement traffic site for the past several months.

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