NEW KENT – Since it started snowing around 5 a.m. this morning, Virginia State Police has responded to a total of 583 calls for service and 437 motor vehicle crashes, 25 of which took place in New Kent County on I-64.
VSP also responded to five in King William and two in King & Queen and confirmed one weather related traffic fatality in Amelia County earlier this morning.
According to VSP Public Information Officer, Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar, the majority of crashes have resulted in property damage.
As of 5 p.m., troopers in the Richmond Division were on-scene or responding to an additional 11 motor vehicle crashes involving property damage and four disabled vehicles.
Molnar offers the following tips for driving in inclement weather:
- State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in active use
- Completely clear all windows and head/taillights of snow/ice before traveling
- Add extra time to reach travel destination
- Slow your speed for road conditions
- Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
- Do not tailgate snow plows or sand trucks
- Always Buckle up and ensure your passengers are buckled up as well
- Do not drive distracted
- If your vehicle begins to hydroplane steer your vehicle in the direction you want your vehicle to go
- Brake and accelerate lightly
- Plan ahead before you travel by calling 511 for road conditions or click on http://www.511virginia.org– Do not call 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only
- Have a charged cell phone and extra blankets, water, snacks in case your vehicle becomes disabled
- Know your location to give to an emergency dispatcher to include the direction of travel in case you need emergency response. Use exit numbers or mile markers when on the interstate as points of reference (For example, Interstate 95 northbound at the 80 mile marker.)
- Motorists are also reminded to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which 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. State law includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.
Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.