Virginia Youth Reach Out to Their Peers About Traffic Safety

Virginia students are using peer-to-peer education programs to protect each other from the dangers of unsafe driving. YOVASO, the Youth of Virginia Speak About Traffic Safety group, encourages students to work together to address unsafe driving behaviors and focus on the prevention of crashes, injuries and fatalities among drivers under the age of 21. The focus areas of YOVASO are:

  • Seat Belts – Increase awareness about the benefits of seat belts and increase seat belt use among youth and teens
  • Speeding – Increase awareness about the dangers of speeding and reduce speeding among teen drivers
  • Underage Drinking/Impaired Driving – Increase awareness about Virginia’s Zero Tolerance Law and reduce underage drinking and impaired driving among teens
  • Distracted Driving – Increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and reduce distracted driving among teen drivers
  • Defensive Driving – Educate teens about driving defensively and acquiring skills needed for crash avoidance and run-off-the-road recovery
  • Virginia’s Teen Driving Laws – Increase awareness abut Virginia’s laws and reduce the number of teens who break these laws
  • Risky Driving Behaviors – Increase awareness about risky driving behaviors and reduce these behaviors in teen drivers (driving with too many passengers, cruising, etc.)
  • Driving Attitudes – Help change the attitudes of youth and teens and impact a generation of young drivers who are better informed about and committed to practicing safe driving habits and attitudes

From September 18th to October 13th, they are running the Save Your Tailgate campaign. The campaign is aimed at educating all youth and teens to form a life-long buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are critical for every driver and passenger. In addition to promoting seat belt use, students are encouraging each other to slow down and obey speed limits. Speeding is another important step to reducing young driver-related crashes, that lead to injuries and fatalities. In Virginia, speeding is a key factor in all fatal crashes involving a young driver, approximately half of all fatal teen crashes are the result of speeding. YOVASO is encouraging all middle and high schools to sign up for this campaign, and their approaching Halloween Safety campaign, as a way to engage students and make safe driving programs a staple in all educational settings.

At Reid Goodwin we would like to remind you to talk to your children about the dangers of unsafe driving, and encourage them to be involved in programs such as YOVASO. Education, especially from peers, can curb unsafe driving habits before they begin. If you ever find yourself or a family member injured an accident caused by reckless driving, please contact our office and one of our attorneys will be able to assist you.

Student Battles Life-Threatening Injuries After Being Struck by Passing Car

Images are representative, not actual event

Images are representative, not actual event

January 14, 2016- Richmond, VA

A bus stop near the intersection of Warwick Road and Fernbrook Drive was the scene of a tragic accident Tuesday afternoon, when a passing motorist traveling north on Warwick struck a student exiting a Richmond Public School bus. The student is remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the crash to be interviewed by officers. Charges against the driver are pending.

In Virginia, passing a stopped school bus is not only incredibly dangerous; it is also illegal. Continue reading

Suspect Crashes, Flips SUV While Fleeing From Richmond Police

Images are representative, not actual event

Images are representative, not actual event

Richmond, VA

A suspect faces serious charges after leading Richmond police on a high speed chase that left one woman hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The suspect’s sport utility vehicle was initially stopped for driving recklessly around 5:21 p.m. at Larchmont Lane and East 37th Street. After fleeing the traffic stop, the suspect sideswiped several cars before colliding with the victim’s car at Midlothian Turnpike and East Broad Rock Road in South Richmond. The force of the collision caused the SUV to flip over, at which point officers were able to apprehend the suspect and transport him to VCU Medical Center for evaluation.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that authorities recovered a handgun thrown from the suspect’s vehicle during the pursuit.

According to a recent analysis conducted by USA TODAY, more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, with bystanders and the passengers in chased cars accounting for nearly half of those fatalities. Continue reading

Bicyclist Killed in Fatal Washington Highway Accident

Image is representative, not actual event

Image is representative, not actual event

June 9, 2015- Ashland, VA

Kristina Goodrow, 18, was struck and killed on her bicycle while riding home from work on Washington Highway in Ashland Sunday night.

The truck driver, John Edward Hardin, 61, of Fayetteville, NC was charged with reckless driving. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ashland police officials do not believe that Hardin was drinking or texting at the time of the crash.

Goodrow, a Subway employee, rode her bike to work – a 45-minute trip – each day along a stretch of Washington Highway near Ashcake Road. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, the shoulder and lighting in that area is minimal. Continue reading