Virginia DMV recognizes jurisdictions with no traffic fatalities in 2019 and 2020, including several from southwest Virginia

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Toward Zero Deaths in VA

(WFXR) — Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recognized several jurisdictions — including some from the Alleghany Highlands, the New River Valley, and the Roanoke Valley — that have had zero traffic deaths in 2019 and/or 2020.

Virginia participates in the national “Toward Zero Deaths” initiative comprised of engineering, enforcement, education and emergency medical services professionals focused on eliminating traffic fatalities.

The unified approach in Virginia also includes Governor Northam’s Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety, a significant increase in highway safety funding, and a transition to more effective systemic improvements. With our commitment and the dedication of communities across the Commonwealth, I believe this milestone is and will continue to be achievable.

Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine

In hopes of changing public perception that traffic fatalities are unavoidable, the DMV recognizes jurisdictions with zero traffic deaths every year.

Jurisdictions who reported zero traffic fatalities in 2019 are Alleghany County and the cities of Covington, Harrisonburg, and Staunton.

Jurisdictions who reported zero traffic fatalities in 2020 are Highland County and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Galax, Radford, Salem, and Waynesboro.

Those jurisdictions achieving zero traffic fatalities for both years are Craig County and the cities of Buena Vista, Falls Church, Franklin, Hopewell, Lexington, Manassas Park, Norton, and Winchester.

Lastly, the honor of no traffic fatalities for 10 consecutive years goes to Buena Vista.

To learn more about Virginia’s efforts in working towards zero traffic deaths, click here.

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