Virginia State Police will be launching the fifth wave of enhanced enforcement efforts on Virginia's Interstates.
The two-day Operation Air, Land & Speed initiative will saturate approximately 200 miles of I-64 with Virginia troopers on March 23rd and 24th.
State police are conducting roving patrols, radar, and aerial speed enforcement projects along the I-64 corridor from Staunton to Chesapeake.
On average, more than 900 people are killed and almost 80,000 are injured on Virginia's highways each year. However, 2006 is experiencing an alarming surge in traffic fatalities in comparison to 2005. Already this year, approximately 47 more lives have been lost to crashes on Virginia's highways. The 2006 Fourth of July holiday weekend, with 21 lives lost, was the Commonwealth's deadliest Independence Day since 1997.
Interstate variable message boards will be activated to remind motorists to "Buckle Up" and "Drive Safely."