According to a press release issued by the Virginia State Police, during this latest winter storm Virginia State Police troopers have responded to 270 traffic crashes and 165 disabled vehicles from midnight February 18, 2021 through 11 a.m. this morning.
The majority of those crashes have involved only damage to vehicles.
Thankfully there have been no reported traffic fatalities during this time period.
Here is a breakdown of calls with area of response:
Richmond Division: 27 Disabled Vehicles & 65 Traffic Crashes
Culpeper Division: 31 Disabled Vehicles & 35 Traffic Crashes
Appomattox Division: 16 Disabled Vehicles & 34 Traffic Crashes
Wytheville Division: 20 Disabled Vehicles & 17 Traffic Crashes
Chesapeake Division: 16 Disabled Vehicles & 35 Traffic Crashes
Salem Division: 29 Disabled Vehicles & 37 Traffic Crashes
Fairfax Division: 27 Disabled Vehicles & 47 Traffic Crashes
Virginians are still advised to avoid travel Thursday and overnight into Friday. Open highways allow VDOT crews to safely and effectively treat the roads.
If you must travel, please practice the following safe traffic tips:
• Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out.
• Always buckle up – driver and all passengers.
• Drive distraction free – put down the phone and coffee, and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
• Slow speed for conditions.
• Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.
• Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.