Wednesday, February 21, 2024

VSP urges drivers to stay off the roads as emergency calls surge

The state police in Hampton Roads responded to a surge of crashes and disabled vehicles late Wednesday and early Thursday and a spokesperson urged drivers to stay off the roads.

The Virginia State Police division in Chesapeake, which includes Hampton Roads and Williamsburg, responded to 212 emergency calls for service as of 5 a.m. Thursday, according to a release from Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller.

Calls were increasing about disabled cars – meaning vehicles that were stuck or had slid off a road but hadn’t crashed.

“So…we still have vehicles attempting to drive in adverse and treacherous road conditions,” Geller said.

Overnight, VSP in Chesapeake reported 101 crashes, 74 disabled vehicles, no fatalities and few injuries; most of the crashes involved damage to vehicles.

VSP is asking drivers to stay off the roads until later today.

If you must travel, keep in mind these safety tips.

Clear snow and ice from your car, including the roof, trunk and lights, before you drive.

Allow extra time.

Slow down, depending on the road conditions.

Allow extra distance between cars.

Wear your seat belt.

Don’t drive while distracted.

And move over for tow trucks, emergency vehicles and highway vehicles.

Call 511, not 911 or #77, for information about road conditions. Or check online here.









Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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