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What does Captain David Shield of Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office wish you knew about staying safe?

By Beth Gibson on February 26, 2016

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys: What do you wish more people in our community knew about personal safety?

Captain Shield:

  1. Lock the doors to your vehicles and remove your valuables, even when you’re parked in your driveway. Many crimes of opportunity are accidentally created by citizens every day when they forget this one.
  2. Slow down. Speed is a factor in almost every fatal crash, and it typically makes injuries worse. We have a population of 40,000 in Gloucester County, plus 30,000 more in surrounding counties, feeding into just one main artery (Highway 17) and miles and miles of rural roads.

In that environment, speed has contributed to us having more than 10 fatal crashes a year in the past, which is high in comparison to similar populations in Virginia. We have that number down to 3 to 5 per year for now, but in order to keep it down, we need everyone to drive the speed limits that have been determined safe on our roads.

To read more about Captain Shield, check out our Feb – March newsletter.

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