Chesterfield County, Virginia (WRIC) – Local law enforcement agencies throughout Central Virginia are urging drivers to be careful on Sunday night roads, especially due to Super Cup turns and wet roads near zero temperature.
The Chesterfield County Police Department (CCPD) is one such agency, with additional officers on duty to prevent dangerous driving behavior.
“Since this is Sunday the Super Cup, we will be there in force,” said Sergeant Stephen Roose of the CCPD. “We have officers in extra strength, particularly aimed at drivers who drive recklessly; speeding and drunk driving ”.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 10,142 deaths as a result of road traffic as a result of drunk driving. In the Commonwealth, Virginia Police (VSP) On February 7, 2021, the day of the Super Bowl LV, 26 alcohol-related accidents were reported, resulting in 15 injuries and two deaths.
“We have to respond to all fatal accidents, we have to respond to all those accidents where people get injured and life-changing injuries and it hurts us,” Ruz said. “When we see this, our mission is to meet the law, get people to slow down, get people to drive sober and do the right thing.”
Local and government agencies have also warned drivers to be careful on wet roads with the possibility of re-freezing. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said slippery conditions are solved by a combination of salt that melts ice and / or sand that provides traction.
“Tonight and tomorrow morning can be challenging for drivers,” said Richmond County Acting Maintenance Engineer Gary Jennings. “Drivers heading to and from the Super Bowl, or going to work on Monday morning, should be as careful as possible. Suppose any wet pavement can be slippery. The air temperature will be low tonight, and any sidewalk that has not dried up can become ice. “
Drivers are urged to be careful and limit travel at night. But for those who need to be on the roads, VDOT recommends leaving extra space between vehicles while driving.
“If the roads are wet, it’s snowing outside and the temperature is dropping, you have a chance of the road freezing,” Ruz said. “You will have a braking distance that is increasing. We need to increase the distance of the offensive, we need to slow down, we need to pay attention to what is happening around. “
Roose said the CCPD’s ultimate goal is to make sure everyone returns home safely.
“Part of that is execution,” he said. “Whether it’s a lack of judgment, or just people’s carelessness, we see dangerous driving practices, and our job is to make sure we bring these people to justice, and if we stop you for speeding or something dangerous, you will if you are drunk driving, you will be quoted or sent to prison. “