Virginia State Police warning drivers to stay off roads

Virginia State Police Area 36 First Sergeant A.D. Williams as he travels Route 10 in Surry County right now. (Photo courtesy: Virginia State Police)
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Virginia State Police is warning drivers to stay off the highways across Southside, Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, Tidewater, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and metro-Richmond regions.

State troopers in these regions have had 466 emergency calls in the last 12 hours. Those emergency calls includes 226 traffic crashes and 171 disabled vehicles.

No traffic fatalities have been reported and the majority of crashes only resulted in vehicle damage.

The majority of crashes and disabled vehicles are occurring in the Chesapeake area with 118 crashes and 121 disabled vehicles.

Although Virginia State Police is advising to stay off the roads, if you have to travel, they have offered some safety tips:

• Clear off ALL snow and ice from your vehicle – windows, roof, trunk and lights…and use your headlights to make yourself more visible to other motorists
• Add extra time to reach travel destination
• Slow speed for road conditions
• Increase driving distances between vehicles for increased stopping distance
• Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
• MOVE OVER for all stopped emergency vehicles, highway vehicles and tow trucks.

Virginia State Police also wants to remind drivers to call 511 or go to for road conditions and not 911 or #77. 911 and #77 are emergency lines and need to be kept open for emergency calls.