VBPD Traffic Safety

VBPD Traffic Safety The Virginia Beach Police Department is using this site to notify you about our traffic safety efforts to include traffic checkpoints & saturation patrols in our city.

The time & area we are conducting them will be posted here for your information. The Traffic Safety Unit (TSU) was originally established in 1987, as the Selective Enforcement Team, (SET) to address the city's increasing fatality and alcohol- related crash rates. In the year 2000 the Department was awarded a Community Policing grant that allowed the Police Department to expand the unit to its current staffing of 8 officers and 1 supervisor. This put additional officers on the street who were specially trained in DUI detection and crash investigation. On July 1, 2009 the team was renamed the Traffic Safety Unit (TSU). This was done because the members of the unit believed that the Selective Enforcement Team name was confusing and did not convey the mission of the team.

Mission: The mission of the Traffic Safety Unit is to increase traffic safety in Virginia Beach through various ways such as aggressive enforcement and traffic safety initiatives.

Operating as usual

Street Racing Tonight?This message is for all of our local street racing fans. If the lack of traffic on the roadways is...
05/29/2020

Street Racing Tonight?

This message is for all of our local street racing fans. If the lack of traffic on the roadways is making you look at your mom’s hand-me-down Nissan 350Z with the missing exhaust and lowered suspension, then look at the empty roadways, then back up at the reflection in your mirror and state to yourself, “I live my life a quarter mile at a time, nothing else matters”, this message is for you.

In Virginia Beach you could go to jail for reckless driving and/or racing. If you’re caught, you better believe a tow truck is rolling our way to come scoop up your illegal car. Racing will not be tolerated, and proactive traffic enforcement will continue to be our strategy.

We want you to know that we are watching– on the ground and in the air. Street race and potentially risk losing your vehicle through asset forfeiture. Your paid off vehicle will then become property of the Virginia Beach Police Department.

Don’t Speed. Don’t Race. #WeAreWatching

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo
05/28/2020

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo

Ferrell* ParkwayThanks for the social media shout out! We are out here! #SlowDown #ArriveAlive
05/27/2020

Ferrell* Parkway

Thanks for the social media shout out! We are out here! #SlowDown #ArriveAlive

As you travel this weekend remember that Memorial Day weekend is one of the most traveled in the United States. With our...
05/23/2020

As you travel this weekend remember that Memorial Day weekend is one of the most traveled in the United States. With our beaches reopening we anticipate higher-than-usual vehicular traffic. Ensure your passengers are buckled and always lead by example and buckle yourself! #ClickItOrTicket

As we kick off Memorial Day Weekend, remember to #StaySafe
05/22/2020

As we kick off Memorial Day Weekend, remember to #StaySafe

We are thankful for our healthcare heroes and partners Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Beach EMS!
05/15/2020

We are thankful for our healthcare heroes and partners Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Beach EMS!

Hey @CityofVaBeach! #StaySafe out there! #MaskUp #2020Explorer
05/08/2020

Hey @CityofVaBeach! #StaySafe out there!

#MaskUp #2020Explorer

If you're partaking in these, quarantine your keys. #CincoDeMayo  #OverTheLimitUnderArrest
05/05/2020

If you're partaking in these, quarantine your keys. #CincoDeMayo #OverTheLimitUnderArrest

Virginia Beach Police Department
04/29/2020

Virginia Beach Police Department

In just a few short days, Chief Jim Cervera will be retiring after dedicating nearly 42 years of service to our City and the Virginia Beach Police Department. Over the years, he has made a significant impact on our organization and, most importantly, in our various communities. Chief Cervera’s unwavering leadership in the face of our City’s greatest and most challenging times will certainly be missed, but not forgotten.

Earlier this morning, in a tribute for all he has done to enhance the safety of our citizens and reputation of our department, officers, firefighters, paramedics, and civilian staff lined Princess Anne Road to render a salute and pay their respects as Chief Cervera arrived to work. Although a more personal gathering and celebration would have been preferred, having the opportunity to show our appreciation, while recognizing the importance of proper social distancing, was a fitting way to say farewell and wish Chief Cervera good luck and fortune as he begins the next chapter of his life’s journey.

Open road syndrome?With less traffic on the road, we are seeing an increase in symptoms involving the lead foot. Slow Do...
04/21/2020

Open road syndrome?

With less traffic on the road, we are seeing an increase in symptoms involving the lead foot. Slow Down!

#ArriveAlive

Traveling at such a senseless speed will reduce the amount of time you have to react to other hazards on the roadway. Th...
04/14/2020

Traveling at such a senseless speed will reduce the amount of time you have to react to other hazards on the roadway. Think about that.

#SpeedKills #SlowDown

Beautiful day for a ride #MotorcycleSafety
04/10/2020

Beautiful day for a ride #MotorcycleSafety

Remember to #SocialDistance while you’re driving so you don’t end up in a situation like this. #DistractedDriving
04/07/2020

Remember to #SocialDistance while you’re driving so you don’t end up in a situation like this. #DistractedDriving

We know it’s been a long couple of weeks at home with your children, but you should take this time to remind them not to...
04/03/2020

We know it’s been a long couple of weeks at home with your children, but you should take this time to remind them not to drink and drive! #OverTheLimitUnderArrest

⚠️ It’s okay if you can’t have your pop-up car meet!You can now have your car meet in the comfort of your own home! HotW...
04/02/2020

⚠️ It’s okay if you can’t have your pop-up car meet!

You can now have your car meet in the comfort of your own home! HotWheels style! 🏎🚓

Remember to play it cool and stay home! If you’re caught participating in these unlawful gatherings or donut stunts, feel free to drop us your license!🚨

#StayAtHome #SocialDistancing #COVID19

We are out here for you...#StayAtHome #BeSafe #COVID19
04/01/2020

We are out here for you...

#StayAtHome #BeSafe #COVID19

⚠️ Secret way to prevent catching a DUI conviction... or even worse 🦠!📢 Stay at home! Now you know the secret on how to ...
03/31/2020

⚠️ Secret way to prevent catching a DUI conviction... or even worse 🦠!

📢 Stay at home! Now you know the secret on how to #StaySafe 🇺🇸

#BuckleUpOnYourSofa

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, the VBPD Traffic Safety Unit is reminding you to obey all traffic laws. Just like Joe...
03/30/2020

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, the VBPD Traffic Safety Unit is reminding you to obey all traffic laws. Just like Joe Exotic has rules in place to keep employees and patrons safe, we have traffic laws to ensure everyone arrives at their destination safely! #VBPD #TigerKing

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
03/30/2020

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

Be wary of malicious websites & apps pretending to track #COVID19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites & apps to infect & lock devices until payment is received. Report scams and attempted scams at https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200320.aspx.

Things that are cheaper than a DUI:- Renting a Limo for the entire day- Taking an Uber to Taco Bell, ordering one of eve...
03/20/2020

Things that are cheaper than a DUI:

- Renting a Limo for the entire day
- Taking an Uber to Taco Bell, ordering one of everything and then going home
- Riding in a Lyft to your local grocery store and buying all the toilet paper
- Buying a round of drinks for everyone at the bar and then walking home

#DriveSober #OverTheLimitUnderArrest

While you're off... we still have to work! #BeSafe
03/18/2020

While you're off... we still have to work! #BeSafe

These masks may prevent airborne illnesses, but they won’t protect you from a DUI. #OverTheLimitUnderArrest #VBPD
03/17/2020

These masks may prevent airborne illnesses, but they won’t protect you from a DUI. #OverTheLimitUnderArrest #VBPD

03/17/2020

If you are going to drink one of the estimated 13 million pints of Guinness that will be consumed today, remember to drink responsibly. Once you make the decision to consume alcohol, you should also make the decision to hand over your keys.

In anticipation of the number of individuals celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Virginia Beach Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols. These checkpoints and saturation patrols represent the Police Department’s efforts to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads of Virginia Beach. Those traveling in and around Virginia Beach may see message boards reminding them to celebrate responsibly. If you decide to drink, you should make arrangements to have a designated driver. The Virginia Beach Police Department takes a serious stance on impaired driving and wants all citizens to arrive at their destination safely.

The Virginia Beach Police Department wants you to Think Before You Drink!

o Don't Drive After Drinking! Every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash.

o Buckle Up! Every Trip & Every Time! Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seatbelts when they are riding in or driving your vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against injuries in a crash.

o Do Not Tow Program! Drivers that have vehicles parked in one of the Municipal Parking Lots located at the Oceanfront (2nd, 4th, 19th Streets, and Rudee Loop can use this program. To avoid having your vehicle towed simply contact any Police Officer at the Oceanfront or call 385-5000 to avoid having your vehicle towed. Take advantage of all the Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) who are available to get you, your family, and friends’ home safely.

Remember to always lock your cars and never leave your valuables inside! #VBPD #BePrepared
03/15/2020

Remember to always lock your cars and never leave your valuables inside! #VBPD #BePrepared

Don't let your windshield be your reminder to #BuckleUp#ClickItOrTicket
03/11/2020

Don't let your windshield be your reminder to #BuckleUp

#ClickItOrTicket

Keep $$$ in your pocket, wear your seatbelt #SeatbeltsSaveLives
03/08/2020

Keep $$$ in your pocket, wear your seatbelt #SeatbeltsSaveLives

🎶 Do you want to build a snowman ⛄️ ?Or crash your car until it stalls...I think some good driving is overdueI started s...
02/20/2020

🎶 Do you want to build a snowman ⛄️ ?
Or crash your car until it stalls...
I think some good driving is overdue
I started stopping bad drivers to save all costs...
Hang in there VB
It gets a little upsetting, when you rear-end someone while you’re on the phoneeeee... 🎶

Honk Honk - Honk Honk - Honk Honk

We think you get it... VBPD and Elsa want you to #ArriveAlive #DriveSober #BuckleUp

📸 Disney’s Frozen

Winter Driving Safety Tip!Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snow covered roadways.#...
02/20/2020

Winter Driving Safety Tip!

Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snow covered roadways.

#DriveSafeVB

Need something to hold you tonight, wear your seatbelt! #BuckleUp #SeatbeltsSaveLives
02/14/2020

Need something to hold you tonight, wear your seatbelt! #BuckleUp #SeatbeltsSaveLives

While we enjoy 🍩s and a good race, 🏁 it is preferred you keep it on the track. If you’re caught 🚨 racing or destroying t...
02/07/2020

While we enjoy 🍩s and a good race, 🏁 it is preferred you keep it on the track. If you’re caught 🚨 racing or destroying the roadway, better believe we’ll be rolling a TowMater our way to come scoop up your illegal 🏎. Who knows? We could even be parked next to you in our unmarked 🚙 or even better, above you in our 🚁! It’s okay to be a car enthusiast but don’t ruin it for others. #DriveResponsibly #WeAreWatching

📸 Disney PIXAR Cars

Whether you’re rooting for the Chiefs or the 49ers, whether your team wins or loses; you are responsible for getting hom...
02/02/2020

Whether you’re rooting for the Chiefs or the 49ers, whether your team wins or loses; you are responsible for getting home safely!

We will be out in full force tonight and will throw the penalty flag when you drive intoxicated. Our flag isn’t a 5, 10, or 15 yard penalty; our flag is a night in jail, legal fees, ignition interlock, good behavior, and a suspended license.

Make sure your team has a MVP tonight who will be a designated driver so everyone arrives alive.

#SuperBowl #Checkpoints #DesigantedDriver
#OverTheLimitUndedArrest #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver

We connect with everyone to keep our roadways safe! #SeeYouOutThere #BuckleUp #DriveSober #DollyPartonChallenge
01/30/2020

We connect with everyone to keep our roadways safe! #SeeYouOutThere #BuckleUp #DriveSober #DollyPartonChallenge

As we sit here today and read about another Officer killed during a traffic stop, we stop to think about all of the time...
01/24/2020

As we sit here today and read about another Officer killed during a traffic stop, we stop to think about all of the times that could have been one of us. Far too often, people criticize police officers for writing tickets and harassing individuals on traffic stops. People believe that we have quotas to meet or have nothing better to do. What people don’t realize is that every traffic stop we attempt, may be our last one. When we activate our lights and attempt a traffic stop for a moving violation or a simple equipment violation people think it’s “routine”. The only “routine” thing about traffic stops is the unknown.

When we approach the vehicle to ask for your license and registration, there are many unknown variables. We don’t know you, we don’t know your past, and we certainly don’t know what you have in that car. We approach your vehicle uncertain if we will make it home that day and ponder if we will see our families again. We walk up to that “B pillar” with many things racing through our heads. We are scanning for weapons, narcotics, alcohol, and simply checking the overall condition of your vehicle. We are ensuring that you don’t have anything near you that can hurt us or others. We don’t know if you just committed an armed robbery, shot someone, or burglarized a house; we simply stopped you because you were speeding.

We are not out conducting traffic stops to harass you or meet quotas. We are doing these stops to keep the roads safe. We are reminding individuals to slow down, keep up to date inspections, wear their seatbelts, etc.

So, the next time an officer stops you; pull over to the right side of the road, turn your car off, and keep your hands visible. We want everyone to make it to their destinations safely, just as we want to go home at the end of our shifts.

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo
01/24/2020

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo

Address

2509 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
23456

General information

Realizing that enforcement alone will not reduce the incidents of DUI’s and alcohol related crashes , these officers regularly provide training to local schools, military commands, and community groups on the consequences of drinking and driving. Some members of the Traffic Safety Unit are child safety seat technicians and help to educate parents on how to properly install child safety seats to best protect their children. The Traffic Safety Unit is the largest unit of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia and its members are credited with making over 25% of the Department's total annual DUI arrests. As a result of their efforts, the members of this unit were recently awarded the John T. Hanna Award for traffic safety for their outstanding work in the area of overall traffic safety. TSU Officers must have a minimum of two years of service with the Virginia Beach Police Department and the selection process includes an oral interview board, and a practical evaluation. The position is considered a career enhancement position that is limited to a three year assignment. The purpose of this career enhancement position is for TSU members to go through specialized training and become more knowledgeable and proficient in traffic laws, DUI detection, and crash investigation. When their three year rotation in the unit is over the officers use this knowledge to educate and motivate officers in the precincts and enhance their abilities in traffic safety.

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