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.

🎶 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

Some of our vehicles may resemble Santa's sleigh but serve a very special purpose. Three of our vehicles (Dasher, Dancer...
12/19/2019

Some of our vehicles may resemble Santa's sleigh but serve a very special purpose. Three of our vehicles (Dasher, Dancer, and Vixen) will be out on the roads looking for impaired drivers! Make the right decision this Holiday Season and remember to #BuckleUp and #DriverSober!

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo
12/19/2019

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo

Want to go home after work?!? The workers do too! Virginia law prohibits you from holding a phone or other communication...
12/18/2019

Want to go home after work?!?

The workers do too! Virginia law prohibits you from holding a phone or other communication device in your hand while traveling in a work zone. A first offense of this violation is punishable by a $125 fine and a second or subsequent offense will cost you $250 #NaughtyOrNice.

Pay attention to the road and #ArriveAlive. #PhonesDown

"I'll look at your Facebook profile before I tell your mother you're dead"It kind of keeps me human. You see, I’m about ...
11/27/2019

"I'll look at your Facebook profile before I tell your mother you're dead"

It kind of keeps me human. You see, I’m about to change their lives — your mom and dad, that is. In about five minutes, they will never be the same, they will never be happy again. Right now, to be honest, you’re just a nameless dead body that feels like a wet bag of newspapers that we have been pounding on, sticking IV lines and tubes and needles in, trying desperately to save you. There’s no motion, no life, nothing to tell me you once had dreams or aspirations. I owe it to them to learn just a bit about you before I go in.

Because right now . . . all I am is mad at you, for what you did to yourself and what you are about to do to them.

I know nothing about you. I owe it to your mom to peek inside of your once-living world.

Maybe you were texting instead of watching the road, or you were drunk when you should have Ubered. Perhaps you snorted heroin or Xanax for the first time or a line of coke, tried meth or popped a Vicodin at the campus party and did a couple shots. Maybe you just rode your bike without a helmet or didn’t heed your parents’ warning when they asked you not to hang out with that “friend,” or to be more cautious when coming to a four-way stop. Maybe you just gave up.

Maybe it was just your time, but chances are . . . it wasn’t.

So I pick up your faded picture of your driver’s license and click on my iPhone, flip to Facebook and search your name. Chances are we’ll have one mutual friend somewhere. I know a lot of people.

I see you wearing the same necklace and earrings that now sit in a specimen cup on the counter, the same ball cap or jacket that has been split open with trauma scissors and pulled under the backboard, the lining stained with blood. Looks like you were wearing it to the U2 concert. I heard it was great.

I see your smile, how it should be, the color of eyes when they are filled with life, your time on the beach, blowing out candles, Christmas at Grandma’s; oh you have a Maltese, too. I see that. I see you standing with your mom and dad in front of the sign to your college. Good, I’ll know exactly who they are when I walk into the room. It makes it that much easier for me, one less question I need to ask.

You’re kind of lucky that you don’t have to see it. Dad screaming your name over and over, mom pulling her hair out, curled up on the floor with her hand over her head as if she’s trying to protect herself from unseen blows.

I check your page before I tell them you’re dead because it reminds me that I am talking about a person, someone they love—it quiets the voice in my head that is screaming at you right now shouting: “how could you do this to them, to people you are supposed to love!”

Louis M. Profeta

The Virginia Beach Police Department wants you to arrive alive this Holiday Season! #DriveSober #BuckleUp

In 2018, 9,778 of the 36,560 people killed in fatal crashes were unrestrained. That is 9,778 lives that could have possi...
11/25/2019

In 2018, 9,778 of the 36,560 people killed in fatal crashes were unrestrained. That is 9,778 lives that could have possibly been saved if they would have taken the couple of seconds it takes to buckle their seatbelts.

• Wearing your seatbelt could prevent us from knocking on your family’s door.
• Wearing your seatbelt keeps you safe and secure inside of your vehicle.
• Failing to buckle up could result in you being ejected during a crash, which is often fatal.
• Improperly wearing your seatbelt, such as wearing your shoulder belt underneath of your arm increases your chances of significant internal injuries.
• Vehicle safety restraint systems, such as airbags are designed to work with seatbelts and failing to buckle up may result in serious injuries.

Virginia law requires seatbelts for all front seat passengers and is considered a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine. Virginia law requires everyone under the age of 17 to be properly restrained and is also a civil offense punishable by a $50 fine.

The Virginia Beach Police Department is partnering with Virginia DMV and the Click It Or Ticket campaign starting today through December 6th. We will be out in full force educating and enforcing the laws of Virginia.

This picture was taken during one of our Every 15 Minute presentations at a local high school to show students the dangers of driving under the influence and the importance of seat belts. No one sustained any injuries during this mock crash.

#ClickItOrTicket
#ArriveAlive
#WindshieldsHurt

This kitten used one of its nine lives!Yesterday evening while running radar, Officer Ford was approached by a man claim...
11/15/2019

This kitten used one of its nine lives!

Yesterday evening while running radar, Officer Ford was approached by a man claiming there was a cat in his engine compartment! The hitchhiking kitten was removed through the wheel well area of the vehicle and given a warning. The unharmed kitten was turned over to Animal Control Officers.

This is a good reminder that small animals may seek shelter from the cold by climbing up into the engine area of your parked vehicle. A simple tap on the hood before starting your engine could possibly save a small animal. #meow

11/13/2019

⚠️ If you plan on 🍻 and 🚗 tonight; prepare to meet your bar tenders at the Virginia Beach City Jail! #DriveSober #ArriveAlive

NHTSA
11/12/2019

NHTSA

It may be National Happy Hour Day, but it’s always #DriveSober day! #BuzzedDriving is drunk driving.

As winter weather approaches, remember to #SlowDown, #BuckleUp, and #DriveSober
11/12/2019

As winter weather approaches, remember to #SlowDown, #BuckleUp, and #DriveSober

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo
11/04/2019

VBPD Traffic Safety's cover photo

Driving around the neighborhood tonight?!?Be on the lookout for those miniature ghosts and goblins running around Trick-...
10/31/2019

Driving around the neighborhood tonight?!?

Be on the lookout for those miniature ghosts and goblins running around Trick-or-Treating!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the leading days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities involving motor vehicles.

Here are a few tips to avoid nightmares;
- If you're in a neighborhood, drive well below the speed limit.
- If you're driving children around, ensure they're buckled up.
- Expect the unexpected as children make sudden movements.
- Use your headlights.
- Be alert and stay off of the phone.
- Never drive impaired.

Tips for parents to pass along to their superhero;
- Wear bright reflective clothing
- Don’t obstruct your vision with costumes
- Walk on the sidewalk and avoid walking in the road.
- Look both ways before crossing the street
- Trick-or-Treat with a group such as with your neighbor.

#RockThoseGlowSticks #BeSafe #HappyHalloween

One more week until we can say Trick-Or-Treat! In the meantime, Sherlock Bones and his ride-a-long will be out here keep...
10/24/2019

One more week until we can say Trick-Or-Treat! In the meantime, Sherlock Bones and his ride-a-long will be out here keeping our roadways safe! #BuckleUp

This year 605 people have lost their lives in auto fatalities.....don't be number 606. #DriveSober #PhoneDown #ClickItOr...
10/08/2019

This year 605 people have lost their lives in auto fatalities.....don't be number 606. #DriveSober #PhoneDown #ClickItOrTicket #ArriveAlive

Impaired driving remains the #1 cause of death on our nation’s roadways and it is completely preventable. The mission of...
10/01/2019

Impaired driving remains the #1 cause of death on our nation’s roadways and it is completely preventable. The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. As part of those efforts they annually recognize regional law enforcement officers who have been identified as leaders in enforcement and driver safety programs. The Virginia Beach Police Department is proud to announce that Master Police Officer E. Kera was recognized at MADD’s 2019 Southeastern Virginia Award Dinner held on September 10th for his outstanding efforts in the City of Virginia Beach. MPO Kera is assigned to the Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, and during the prior 12 months, he has arrested 120 impaired drivers and issued 602 traffic summonses. In addition, he conducted 17 traffic safety lectures reaching over 3,000 participants educating citizens on the hazards of impaired driving. MPO Kera sees first-hand the horrible outcomes that result from impaired driving, and he is passionate about making the roadways of Virginia Beach safer for all of us to travel on. This is the second year in a row MPO Kera has received this prestigious award. Well done to him and all of the members of our Traffic Safety Unit.

Even @Panda Express knows all about keeping our roadways safe! #RightOutTheFortuneCookie
09/19/2019

Even @Panda Express knows all about keeping our roadways safe! #RightOutTheFortuneCookie

Get connected with the road and not your device!#BackToSchool #RedFlashingNoPassing #PhonesDown
09/04/2019

Get connected with the road and not your device!

#BackToSchool #RedFlashingNoPassing #PhonesDown

Did you know, over 25,000 students are injured each year due to car crashes inside of school zones?Students return back ...
08/30/2019

Did you know, over 25,000 students are injured each year due to car crashes inside of school zones?

Students return back to school on Tuesday and the Virginia Beach Police Department would like your help in reducing that number by doing the following;

• Pay close attention to school zones and speed limits
• Watch for students crossing the street
• Obey traffic direction by school crossing guards
• Stop when buses are loading and unloading students
• Put your phone down while you’re driving

Remember, kids will be kids and often make sudden, unexpected movements. Please do your part to make sure everyone reaches their destination safely. To keep our children safe, we will be ramping up enforcement of our school zones and bus stops.

Did you know that it is illegal to have a motion picture in view of the driver? This includes watching movies, shows, fa...
08/22/2019

Did you know that it is illegal to have a motion picture in view of the driver? This includes watching movies, shows, facetime and skype. So, the next time you want to watch Octonauts, with your kids, wait until you arrive to your destination.

Two successful checkpoints tonight on Upton Drive and Norfolk Avenue. #OverTheLimitUnderArrest
08/19/2019

Two successful checkpoints tonight on Upton Drive and Norfolk Avenue. #OverTheLimitUnderArrest

#ClickItOrTicket
08/07/2019

#ClickItOrTicket

Save a life, put down your phone! #NoPhonesInWorkZones
07/29/2019

Save a life, put down your phone! #NoPhonesInWorkZones

Starting TODAY it is against #VA law to hold a handheld personal communications device while driving through a highway #workzone. Offenders will be fined $250 #NoPhonesinWorkZones 🚫📱

To read more about the law, click here ➡️ http://bit.ly/2WW1y4r

Attention Concert Fans!Leaving the concert drunk and plan on driving?!We saved you a seat. #DriveSober
07/13/2019

Attention Concert Fans!

Leaving the concert drunk and plan on driving?!

We saved you a seat. #DriveSober

In addition to assisting with crime scenes and tactical situations, the Aviation Unit provides the crash team with aeria...
07/08/2019

In addition to assisting with crime scenes and tactical situations, the Aviation Unit provides the crash team with aerial coverage utilizing drone technology to assist in crash reconstruction efforts. #policedrone

Fun Fact....In the state of Virginia, it is illegal to drive with two headphones in.
07/08/2019

Fun Fact....In the state of Virginia, it is illegal to drive with two headphones in.

Have a safe, smart, and sober 4th of July! #ArriveAlive
07/05/2019

Have a safe, smart, and sober 4th of July! #ArriveAlive

Proudly displaying our Red, White, and Blue!While you celebrate, we will be on the roadways keeping you safe! Checkpoint...
07/04/2019

Proudly displaying our Red, White, and Blue!

While you celebrate, we will be on the roadways keeping you safe! Checkpoints are coming to a street near you! #Sandbridge #TownCenter #ShoreDrive

#DriveSoberNotLit

Here are some new laws/updates in Virginia you should know effective July 1, 2019;Move-Over Law- The law changes a first...
07/02/2019

Here are some new laws/updates in Virginia you should know effective July 1, 2019;

Move-Over Law- The law changes a first offense violation from a fine of up to $250 to a Class 1 Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Offense.
Child Seats- Drivers will be required to use rear-facing child seats for their children until they reach the age of two; or meet the manufacturer's weight standards for the forward facing child seat.
Hands-free in Work Zone- Holding a phone or personal communications device in hand while driving in a work zone comes with a mandatory $250 fine.
Disabled Parking- Prohibits parking any vehicle in the striped access aisle adjacent to parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities.

First catch of July! #SlowDownOrSignHere
07/01/2019

First catch of July! #SlowDownOrSignHere

Forget something?As blazing temperatures linger around, it is important to remind parents of the dangers of leaving chil...
06/29/2019

Forget something?

As blazing temperatures linger around, it is important to remind parents of the dangers of leaving children unattended in a vehicle. Even though many parents think they would never "forget" their little one in the car, it happens more often than you think. According to kidsandcars.org, 52 children died in 2018 from vehicular related heat stroke. That number is 52 too many. Never leave children alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute as temperatures rise quickly over 100 degrees.

Tips to ensure your child is never left alone in a car;

-Create a habit of checking the back seat each and every time you park.
-To further enforce this habit, place items you commonly use in the back seat such as a work badge, laptop, or cell phone.
-If your child care provider does not already do so, ask them to notify you right away if your child is absent.

If you see an unattended child in a vehicle, get involved! Call 911 immediately and if the child seems to be in distress, get them out as quickly as possible.

Share this information with your friends, family, neighbors, and babysitters to help save a life!

#LookBeforeYouLock

There have been 376 traffic fatalities on Virginia roads this year, don’t be number 377. #DriveSober #BuckleUp #ArriveAl...
06/29/2019

There have been 376 traffic fatalities on Virginia roads this year, don’t be number 377. #DriveSober #BuckleUp #ArriveAlive

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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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