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Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.

For more information on Neighborhood Watch visit their website by clicking here.

You may also contact the South Hill Police Department if you are interested in a Neighborhood Watch program in your area - shpd@southhillpd.com




Is a national campaign that is coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to increase the proper use of safety belts and child restraints. Law-enforcement agencies nationwide will participate by conducting intensive, high-visibility enforcement of safety belt and child restraint laws.The enforcement-focused message "Click It Or Ticket" has been proven to provoke positive response among persons who are not persuaded by messages that focus on the life saving benefits of safety belts. People who persist in denying their vulnerability to crashes and death seem to be more accepting of the personal risk they face of being stopped, given a citation and paying a fine. 

The program consists of high visibility enforcement with an intense flurry of paid advertising and publicity about enforcement creates the heightened awareness and actual behavioral change we need to save lives.

For more information on "Click It Or Ticket" visit the National Highway Safety Administration website by clicking here.




H.E.A.T. is an acronym for Help Eliminate Auto Theft--is a cooperative effort of the Virginia Department of State Police, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth.

What Does H.E.A.T. Do For Virginians ?
H.E.A.T. educates citizens on how to prevent theft of vehicles and their parts, a crime that costs Virginians millions of dollars each year.

What If I Have A Tip For H.E.A.T. ?
Whether you are a citizen or law enforcement officer, please call the H.E.A.T. Hotline 1-800-947-HEAT (4328) or CLICK HERE to send an email.

How Does H.E.A.T. Work ?
• H.E.A.T. provides a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week toll-free number—1-800-947-HEAT (4328)—for citizens to call to report information concerning the theft of vehicles, vehicle parts or chop shop operations. Callers remain anonymous throughout the process and callers who supply tips leading to arrests are eligible for rewards of up to $25,000.

• H.E.A.T. offers free VIN Etching to the public at various events around the state for cars, trucks, and motorcycles. 

• The H.E.A.T. Team makes appearances annually at major public events throughout Virginia to promote vehicle theft prevention. 

• H.E.A.T. Racing zooms around several tracks within the Commonwealth in the race against vehicle theft.
H.E.A.T. trains local law enforcement officers and provides support by supplying equipment, promotional materials, and much more to assist in the fight against auto thieves.

How Does H.E.A.T. Work With Your Local Law Enforcement Agencies ?
H.E.A.T. trains local law enforcement officers and provides support by supplying equipment, promotional materials, and much more to assist in the fight against auto thieves.

For more information on the H.E.A.T. program visit their website - http://www.heatreward.com/




· An intensive law enforcement mobilization to get impaired drivers off our roads.

· Stopping over 400,000 drivers last year at sobriety checkpoints and in saturation patrols in the multi-state area.

· Using checkpoints and patrols when and where drunk driving is most likely to occur.

· Combining high visibility checkpoints and paid advertising to create awareness of enforcement and educate the public about dangers and consequences.

Nationally

· Alcohol-impaired-driving is one of America's most often committed and deadliest crimes. In 2007,12,988 people were killed in the U.S. highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with an illegal BAC of .08 or higher - 32 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.

· Alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders increased by 10 percent in 2007, the only category of drivers to show an increase.

· Because alcohol adversely affects those skills essential to operating a motorcycle - balance and coordination - alcohol plays a particularly significant role in motorcycle crash fatalities.

· The percentages of drivers involved in fatal crashes with a BAC level of .08 or higher in 2007 were 27 percent for motorcycle operators and 23 percent for both light trucks and passenger cars.

Among Young Drivers

· 16-20 year olds are TWICE AS LIKELY to die in an alcohol-related crash.

· At current rates, 3 out of every 2,000 kids who turn 16 this year will die in a crash before their 21st birthday.

· Minimum 21-year-old drinking age laws prevented an estimated 4,441 drunk driving deaths in the last five years alone.

Serious Consequences

· Impaired drivers often cause death, disfigurement, disability and injury caused by impaired drivers.

· The trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving impaired can be significant.If you're caught driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, penalties include fines, jail time, loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, attorney's fees, other fines and court costs, lost time at work, etc.

· According to the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board, total costs of a DUI arrest are between $5,000 and $20,000.

· Refusing a sobriety test in many jurisdictions can result in immediate loss of your license and vehicle.

Checkpoints Work!

· According to Insurance Institute of Highway Safety studies, sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by as much as 20 percent. They deter people from driving under the influence and arrest those who drink and drive.

· Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that 85-90% of Americans support sobriety checkpoints.

· Every year, thousands of impaired drivers have been stopped, arrested, and taken off our roads. The program also catches seat belt and child safety seat violators, car thieves, wanted felons and fugitives, drug users and people driving with suspended licenses.

For more information go to the Checkpoint Strikeforce website.