DMV site allows street-level view of traffic accidents

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for citizens to see street-level views of traffic accidents through a new feature on its website.

The DMV recently added the new feature to its interactive crash database using Google mapping functionality.

“”The new feature has a wide-range of benefits for safety advocates and the general public,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “For example, if you are relocating to Virginia, you can use this feature to find out how many crashes, if any, happened on the street where you are moving.”

The new feature is a map of Virginia containing all of the Commonwealth’s roads. To find details about crashes that happened at a certain intersection or road, users hold down the left shift key and draw a square on the map with their mouse around a specific area of the state.

Red triangles indicate a fatal crash occurred, and yellow and green dots indicate an injury or property damage associated with the crash. If users roll their mouse over the triangle or dot, details including time, weather conditions and a causative factor appear. The new interactive map is available at http://www.dmvNOW.com/crashmap.

The crash map is part of DMV’s automated Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS) that centralizes all of Virginia's crash data and related information. The public gained access to TREDS for the first time last August and citizens can now search for general information about crashes statewide or in a specific locality, and create custom reports with date ranges that include crashes with injuries, fatalities or both. No personal driver information is published.

TREDS is Virginia's "one-stop-shop" for accurate, timely and detailed highway safety information for analysis and reporting. TREDS data is used to support Virginia's efforts to reduce crashes, injuries, fatalities and associated costs.

Since the launch of TREDS, safety advocates are studying a more complete picture of crashes and their true impact on the Commonwealth. Vehicle crash data from DMV, crash location and road information from VDOT, data from ambulances and other rescue vehicles, data from the trauma registry, hospital discharge data and vital records databases will be all tied together under TREDS.

"Linking the data together in a common format is efficient and creates more comprehensive, accurate crash statistics," Holcomb said. “ TREDS gives us a 360-degree view of crashes and their causes, which can aid in preventing future traffic fatalities."
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck. Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included.

Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10 for a one-year license and $15 for a three-year license. Officers will be available to discuss license options and vaccination requirements. For details, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801. Full text

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