Icy winter weather causes nearly 400 crashes statewide; State Police respond to 43 crashes in Chesapeake division

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 21:17:51-05

State Police are discouraging Virginians from driving through Sunday due to extremely icy and treacherous conditions across much of Central, Southeastern and Northern Virginia.

As of 9 p.m. Saturday, police are responding to 29 traffic crashes statewide and 5 disabled vehicles statewide. Officials say the majority of those crashes involve only damage to vehicles, as vehicles slide off the slick roadways into ditches, guardrails, and fallen trees.

From 12:00 a.m. through 9 p.m. Saturday, police have responded to a total of 195 disabled vehicles and 366 traffic crashes statewide. There have been no fatal crashes reported at this time.

Richmond Division: 41 Disabled Vehicles & 77 Traffic Crashes

Culpeper Division: 10 Disabled Vehicles & 47 Traffic Crashes

Appomattox Division: 14 Disabled Vehicles & 45 Traffic Crashes

Wytheville Division: 15 Disabled Vehicles & 13 Traffic Crashes

Chesapeake Division: 51 Disabled Vehicles & 60 Traffic Crashes

Salem Division: 22 Disabled Vehicles & 31 Traffic Crashes

Fairfax Division: 42 Disabled Vehicles & 93 Traffic Crashes

If you must travel, officials say please practice the following safe traffic tips:

  • Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out
  • Slow speed for icy conditions.
  • Always buckle up – driver and all passengers.
  • Drive distraction free – put down the phone and coffee, and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.
  • Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.
  • Check Virginia 511 before you go for road conditions, closures and detours.