LCSO Urges Motorists To Be Vigilant

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to be vigilant in obeying the laws of the road and never drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The LCSO continues to conduct coordinated safe driving operations on roadways to help make roads safer, including in the areas of schools, as well targeting texting and driving, aggressive drivers and intoxicated drivers through frequent sobriety checkpoints.

Traffic enforcement by the LCSO is conducted proactively, and works to cover over 3,000 miles of Virginia Department of Transportation maintained roadways while patrolling 519 square miles of territory within Loudoun County and handling in excess of 120-thousand calls for service each year.

LCSO also works closely with VDOT, the Virginia State Police, Loudoun County Government, as well as partners in the community to address traffic issues on many roadways where safety concerns have been raised, including Rt. 9, Rt. 15, Evergreen Mills Road and other heavily traveled secondary roads. This effort has included joint enforcement operations, roadway improvements, safety messaging with variable sign boards, and decoy patrol vehicles to impact driving behavior.

Since the beginning of the year, the LCSO has issued over 24,000 traffic citations and warnings. On Evergreen Mills Road for example, 385 traffic stops have been conducted with over 228 traffic citations issued since January 2017. Over 400 traffic stops have been conducted on Rt. 9 so far this year, with over 220 citations issued. A majority of texting and driving and aggressive driving violations have been cited on Rt. 15.

Over the past year the LCSO has developed several enforcement campaigns to help make roadways safer. The School Awareness & Firm Enforcement Traffic Enforcement Initiative, which identifies traffic and parking related issues for enforcement in and around school zones was implemented in 2016. This includes an extensive annual back-to-school enforcement and safety messaging campaign at the beginning of each school-year.

Other safety campaigns include a texting and driving enforcement initiative conducted throughout the County. During this operation uniformed deputies drive unmarked vehicles, such as pickup trucks or minivans, to identify and enforce the texting and driving laws.

“Beyond statistics, an important component of identifying traffic issues comes from you, the community” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “We take all citizen concerns seriously and encourage residents to attend quarterly meetings and to report traffic concerns online so they can be addressed immediately.”
 
Residents can file a traffic complaint at sheriff.loudoun.gov/trafficcomplaint or through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office App available on iTunes and Google Play. All traffic complaints are assigned immediately. Residents can report all reckless and aggressive driving by calling 703-777-1021 or dial 911 if a driver is endangering lives.

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