Storm Generates 16,000 Calls For Virginia State Police

631372_after_the_stormAs Virginia digs out from the weekend’s winter storm, Virginia State Police continue Monday to respond to disabled vehicle calls throughout the western and central regions of the Commonwealth. From Friday (Dec. 18) through midnight Sunday (Dec. 20), Virginia State Police emergency dispatchers logged at least 16,042 calls for service. Troopers statewide responded to 3,237 traffic crashes and 3,567 disabled vehicles during the 36-hour period. The storm yielded an approximate 42 percent increase in calls for service compared to the previous weekend (Dec. 11-13, 2009).
“By far this weekend’s snowstorm demanded one of the greatest emergency responses for State Police resources in years,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “The storm’s quick entry and accumulation across the western, central and northern regions of the state made for challenging conditions for motorists and emergency responders.”
The following is a breakdown of calls for service by Virginia State Police division from 6:00 a.m. Friday (Dec. 18) through 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Dec.20):

  • Division I-Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)
    Traffic Crashes=655             Disabled Vehicles=822             Total Calls for Service=3,240
  • Division II-Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)
    Traffic Crashes=582             Disabled Vehicles=559             Total Calls for Service=2,316
  • Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)
    Traffic Crashes=345             Disabled Vehicles=403             Total Calls for Service=1,859
  • Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)
    Traffic Crashes=456             Disabled Vehicles=419             Total Calls for Service=2,444
  • Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)
    Traffic Crashes=429             Disabled Vehicles=227             Total Calls for Service=1,792

via Virginia State Police.