Northam starts leadership team focused on highway safety

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued “Executive Directive Two” on Monday, which establishes a highway safety leadership team charged with reducing deaths on roadways in the Commonwealth. 

The team features representatives from the Virginia Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Health, Education and State Police, according to a news release from the governor’s office. 

As part of Northam’s directive, state leaders are asking residents to participate in a digital town hall focused on distracted driving. Those interested can click here to take an anonymous survey. Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 31. 

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine said distracted driving is a growing issue in the state. Last year, the release said 208 people in Virginia were killed and more than 14,000 were injured in crashes as a direct result of distracted driving. 

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