State Police respond to 362 crashes, 321 disabled vehicles statewide due to recent weather

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 21:41:52-05

Recent winter weather in Virginia has caused around 360 crashes and caused 320 stuck vehicles statewide, according to State Police.

Advisories were made in preparation for recent snow weather for Virginians to avoid traveling during the ongoing winter storm. As of Sunday evening, police advise Virginians that roads will be slick as temperatures drop and those roads that were once wet will freeze overnight and remain slick into the early morning hours of Monday.

State police is still advising everyone to hold off on their travels until later Monday or even possibly Tuesday, depending on what their region has experienced in the way of snow, freezing rain, and ice.

Between 12 a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Sunday, state troopers say they have responded to 362 traffic crashes and 321 disabled/stuck vehicles.

Police say the majority of traffic crashes occurring Sunday have involved only damage to vehicles and few serious injuries.

Here's a look at the total crashes and incidents based on division:

Richmond Division: 71 Disabled Vehicles & 117 Traffic Crashes

Culpeper Division: 30 Disabled Vehicles & 31 Traffic Crashes

Appomattox Division: 41 Disabled Vehicles & 39 Traffic Crashes

Wytheville Division: 39 Disabled Vehicles & 19 Traffic Crashes

Chesapeake Division: 47 Disabled Vehicles & 60 Traffic Crashes

Salem Division: 49 Disabled Vehicles & 52 Traffic Crashes

Fairfax Division: 44 Disabled Vehicles & 46 Traffic Crashes

Police say Virginians are still advised to avoid travel through Sunday evening.

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

• Make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow before heading out.
• 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.
• Slow speed for conditions.
• Use headlights to increase your visibility and to help other drivers see you better.
• Share the road responsibly with VDOT vehicles and emergency vehicles.