Crime Prevention Tip of the Month

In our ongoing effort to serve the citizens of the Dan River Region, beginning in January 2018, the Danville Police Department will provide a Crime Prevention Tip of the Month. On or about the second Wednesday of each month, a new tip will be added to the page to complete a total of 12 for the year. It is our hope and intention to provide readers with information on trending safety and crime issues and tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Please use these tips and other resources provided on our website to become better informed and better prepared.

For more on Crime Prevention Programs or resources contact the Crime Prevention Office at 

434-797-8898Crime Prevention Patch

August 2018

Back to School Safe Driving Tips

With area schools about to start back for fall classes, now is the time to recall a few tips that will  make the roads safer for motorist and pedestrians alike

back to school

Watch your speed

Increased speed changes your reaction time, and higher speeds entering a school zone could prove deadly if you are unable to stop for a bus or a student that is in the roadway.

Be alert for new traffic patterns

Some districts may have repaved or rerouted specific intersections in and around schools. Being alert to these changes ahead of time prevents confusion and congestion when school actually begins.

Pay attention to School Zones

Most districts remark their school zones each year to keep them bright and visible. These safety zones are here for a reason! To allow students to safely cross or disembark form a bus without interaction from other motorist. Traffic fines f or violations in school zones are often higher and the penalties more intrusive.

Watch out for busses loading and unloading passengers

When a bus is preparing to stop or has stopped, the bus, passengers, and those loading or unloading are vulnerable to passing vehicles, speeding vehicles and driver inattention. Don’t be that driver! Make our roadways safer by scanning ahead for bus / driver actions. Busses are large and yellow and can be spotted for considerable distance. Utilize this as part of your driving safe strategy.

Share the Road!

Make sharing the road part of your daily driving habits. Roadways are often more crowded today with pedestrian and bike lanes as added features. These added features should increase our attention and focus, but often we overlook them as a hindrance. Sharing the road is not only courteous, but it is the law in Virginia, so keep up the good work as we all share our roadways

Buckle Up

A seat belt is your best defense against a reckless, impaired, or distracted driver. Did you know that:

  • Most fatal crashes occur at speeds below 40 mph and within 25 miles of your home.
  • If you’re in a crash and are thrown from the vehicle you have a 75% chance of being killed. When worn correctly seatbelts reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.
  • Death rates are more than 8 times higher when the occupant is not buckled or restrained.
  • In 60% of fatal crashes the victim isn’t buckled. However, when worn, seatbelts can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45%

(excerpted from Drive Smart Virginia)

Cell Phones Down

Do you know…

  • Each day, 9 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in crashes involving distracted driving.
  • Using a handheld device while driving is a leading cause of distraction-related crashes. Put the phone down and just drive.


Links of Interest

Sharing the Road in Virginia

Drive Smart Virginia

@DanvillePD School Bus Safety PSA

@DanvillePD School Zone PSA