Get It Together High School Seat Belt Challenge
Get It Together High School Seat Belt Challenge is a program led by Drive Safe Hampton Roads and supported by other traffic safety groups. Local high schools compete to raise students’ awareness of the importance of wearing seat belts every time they ride in a vehicle.
Participants use a variety of strategies to encourage their fellow students to “Buckle Up!” Tactics included pledge drives during lunch bells and having the Grim Reaper “take” a student every 15 minutes during the school day. Other efforts include making buckle up videos and developing cheers to be used at sporting events.
The Get It Together Challenge is in its 22nd year in the Hampton Roads area and has been successful in increasing seat belt use each year. Over 700,000 students have been touched by this program.
Old, Used, Borrowed and Abused Child Safety Seat Round-up
Old, Used, Borrowed and Abused Child Safety Seat Round-up began in February 1989. Drive Safe HR, along with their community partners — AAA Tidewater, Wal-Mart, DMV Highway Safety Office, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Boomerang Recovery, WVEC TV-13, and Hoffman Beverage — team up with the community to remove old, used, borrowed, and abused child safety seats.
During the month of February, Hampton Roads residents can drop off their worn out child safety seats at all Southside and Peninsula Wal-Mart Supercenters, Hampton Roads area DMV Customer Service Centers, and AAA offices on the Southside and Peninsula. Wal-Mart provides a $5 reward for each safety seat by giving gift cards to those who turn in their safety seats. The materials from the old safety seats are recycled in an effort to help save the environment. 29 years and over 17,000 old, used, borrowed and abused seats have been recycled.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Appreciation Day
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Appreciation Day is an event that brings Drive Safe Hampton Roads and Hampton Roads’ law enforcement motor carrier teams together to distribute goodies during an “alternate type” of roadway safety regulation stop. These events are held at the beginning of the busy winter and summer season to promote highway safety.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Appreciation Day on the Southside began in 1993. For 25 years the annual Driver Appreciation Day has been held at the I-264 Old Toll Plaza, Virginia Beach, VA.
The Peninsula Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Appreciation Day began in 2010. For the last 8 years, it has been held on Interstate 664 near the Monitor Merrimac Tunnel at the northbound inspection station.
Impaired Driving Prevention Events
Impaired Driving Prevention events include programs to educate the public regarding the dangers of driving impaired, such as alcohol/drug use, under-age drinking, aggressive driving, fatigued, and distracted driving.
Virginia Specialized Transportation Safety & Management
In 2005, Drive Safe Hampton Roads began holding the Southeast Virginia Motor Carrier Management & Safety Conference. Drive Safe HR changed the name of the conference to Virginia Specialized Transportation Safety and Management Conference in 2016.
The Virginia Specialized Transportation Safety & Management Conference is held every 2 years. Sessions this year will cover a variety of topics interests, including DMV Motor Carrier Service, Corporate Practices, Crash Investigations, Bus Safety, and Human Trafficking. Equipment, supplies, and demonstrations will be on display at the Conference. Displays will highlight some of the issues discussed during the various sessions and enable participants to get a first-hand look at emerging technology and available resources.
John T. Hanna Awards
In 1991, (27 years) Concerned Citizens Advocating Traffic Safety instituted the John T. Hanna Awards. Named after Virginia’s “Father of Transportation Safety” these awards honor those who share Mr. Hanna’s tireless dedication and commitment to improving traffic safety on Virginia's highways.
John T. Hanna remains the cornerstone of transportation safety, as we know it today. The unparalleled zeal for safety that hallmark his career is an inspiration to every parent police officer, judge teacher and citizen who is committed to saving lives through traffic safety.
Many people and organizations in Hampton Roads are doing tremendous work in the fight to reduce death and injury on our highways. You are invited to participate in a program which honors these safety advocates: The John T. Hanna Awards, recognizing Traffic Safety Excellence in Hampton Roads.