Virginia State Police and seven additional state police and highway patrol agencies issued 3,017 summonses in 'Operation Border to Border'

VSP Operation Border to Border

State Police said they were among eight state police and highway patrol agencies that spend Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11 enforcing Operation Border to Border along 791 miles of U.S. Route 15 and 124 miles of U.S. Route 17 in an effort to prevent traffic crashes along the heavily-traveled corridor.  State Police said the coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative resulted in 3,017 total summonses and arrests among the seven states.  There were also zero fatal traffic crashes along either highway corridor during the enforcement effort.  State troopers from Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia worked together by conducting saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, commercial vehicle inspections and other enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic crashes and combat criminal behavior along the non-interstate highways.  Virginia State Police said 835 of those summonses and arrests came from our state in the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, Warren, Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Prince Edward, Charlotte and Halifax.  “Once again, the Virginia State Police was proud to partner with fellow state police and highway patrol agencies with the common goal of saving lives along the Route 15 and Route 17 corridors,” said 1st Sgt. A.D. Blankenship, Area Commander of the Virginia State Police in Loudoun County.  “Taking 25 drunken drivers off the highway, slowing down almost 1,300 speeders and buckling up more than 470 children and adults translates into countless lives saved.  And, that’s what this initiative is all about – getting the public to recognize the importance of driving to save lives through such proactive actions as buckling up, driving free of distractions, complying with posted speed limits and never driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.”  Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.