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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."


Community

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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