5,814 summonses and arrests were made by State Police during their “Operation: Air, Land, and Speed” enforcement initiative that took place on Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23.
5,814 summonses and arrests were made by State Police during their “Operation: Air, Land, and Speed” enforcement initiative that took place on Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23. Police specifically patrolled I-95 and I-81, ticketing speedsters (2,883), reckless drivers (811), and those drivers not wearing a seat belt (194). Along I-95, there were two drivers arrested for drunk driving and eleven were arrested for drug/felony arrests in those two days.
This most recent example of Operation: Air, Land, and Speed was the nineteenth time State Police have executed the initiative on the north-south corridors of I-95 and I-81 since 2006, when the program began. The previous initiative occurred over a two day period earlier this year in March, where 3,552 driving violations were cited. Since the program’s inception in 2006, State Police have issued 171,380 total summonses and arrests.
The dates for the most recent Air, Land, and Speed coincided with the state’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign to encourage more Virginians to drive with fastened seat belts. Local television and radio stations have been running commercials to promote the seat belt initiative. It is estimated that 80.5% of Virginia drivers comply with the existing seat belt law. The year’s goal is to increase the figure to 83.7%.
Click It or Ticket enforcement will continue through June 5, 2011.