Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN STARTS MAY 21



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 21

 Abingdon, VA— As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Abingdon Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed because of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Parking Information for Plumb Alley Day 5-26-18


Abingdon Police Department

                                               

For Immediate Release

This Saturday, May 26, 2018, is the 36th Annual Kiwanis Plumb Alley Day event in Abingdon, VA. The Abingdon Police Department wants to remind the community and visitors of parking restrictions. Like most tourist communities, Abingdon has several parking restrictions that you should be aware of, to avoid violating any of the parking provisions and subjecting yourself to an unwanted fine. 

To assist you in planning your visit, the following parking restrictions are provided for your information. 

In the Town of Abingdon, it is unlawful to:

1.      Park Overtime – OVERTIME parking is enforced Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.  It is NOT enforced on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). 
2.      Block a driveway.
3.      Park so the parked vehicle partially blocks a driveway.
4.      Block an intersection.
5.      Park so the parked vehicle encroaches an intersection.
6.      Park in a space designated by signage as a “Bus Stop.”
7.      Park so that the left (driver’s) side of a vehicle is against the curbing of the roadway. This is commonly called “Parking Against the Traffic Flow” or “Parking Against the Flow” and is our most common violation.
8.      Park in a loading zone.
9.      Park in a space designated “No Parking.”
10.  Park in any alley.
11.  Park on a sidewalk.
12.  Park so the vehicle occupies a portion of two marked parking spaces.

There are FREE public parking lots located at 208 West Main Street and 425 West Main Street.

The APD warmly welcomes your visit to our community.  Abingdon thrives on tourism, and we hope that your visit will be greeted with smiling faces and a friendly atmosphere. 




Thursday, May 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Felony Elude on 5-17-18


Abingdon Police Department

                                               

For Immediate Release

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, at approximately 1:09AM, Abingdon Police Officer B.T. Graham observed a black Toyota 4-Runner speeding on East Valley Street. As the officer attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed down Church Street. The vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Church and Main Street, continuing to Railroad Street, turned right on Green Spring Road, left on A Street, right onto Kings Mountain Drive, and continued to Highland Street. The vehicle came to rest in a residential driveway on Highland Street, where the occupants attempted to flee on foot. Officer Graham was able to detain the passengers, but the driver fled to a nearby residence. Officers discovered tracks in the wet grass that lead to 202 Madison Street, Abingdon.

Gary Brandon Childress, 26, of 202 Madison Street, Abingdon, VA, exited the residence and advised that the black Toyota 4-Runner belonged to him, and he was the driver who attempted to elude police.

Childress was placed under arrest and charged with Felony Elude Police, in violation of § 46.2-817 of the Code of Virginia; and Reckless Driving, in violation of § 46.2-852 of the Code of Virginia. He was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail and given a secured $1500 bond.

The passengers were released without charges.

*Pictured: Gary Brandon Childress, 26, of 202 Madison Street, Abingdon, VA.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Commonwealth Transportation Board/VDOT Meeting



Follow up information from the Commonwealth Transportation Board/VDOT Meeting held on Monday, May 14, 2018:

Already funded or under construction
Exit 14 – complete in Fall 2018
Park Street – under design, start construction in Spring 2019
Green Springs Road – complete in October 2018
Abingdon Urban Trail – complete in September 2018
VCT @ Watauga Road - underway

Upcoming
East Main Street sidewalks – FY2023
West Main/Jonesboro Road intersection improvements – Design FY2021, Construction FY2023
Additional Maintenance Funds (Cummings Street, Porterfield Hwy, Jonesboro Road) – Fall 2018
West Main/Porterfield Hwy intersection improvements – Design FY2020, Construction FY2022-23
Exit 17 – FY2021
Exit 19 – FY2023
VCT @ Meade Meadows – FY2019/20

Future Applications
East Main Street Widening from Exit 19 to Hillman Highway – Smart Scale
French Moore Blvd. Extension – Smart Scale
Clark Street Sidewalks - HSIP
Urban Trail, Phase 2 – Transportation Alternative (TA)

For questions or more information, please call Matt Bolick, Director of Public Works, at 276-628-3167.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Community Members Encouraged to ‘Go Blue’ for National Police Week


Abingdon Police Department


For Immediate Release

Community Members Encouraged to ‘Go Blue’ for National Police Week

The Abingdon Police Department is encouraging residents, businesses, academic institutions, and places of worship, to show their support for law enforcement by displaying something blue on their property during National Police Memorial Week, May 13th-19th, 2018.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

To show support for police officers nationwide, the APD is asking people to display a blue porch light, blue ribbons, or blue balloons throughout the week.

National Police Week is a great time to remember the sacrifices of officers both locally and nationally. No matter whether the sacrifice is made across the country, or on the streets of our local community, there are men and women who risk their personal safety daily for the protection of the liberties of others. Please join us in recognizing the service of the men and women of law enforcement.

Send us pictures of you or your business/organization “Going Blue” during National Police Week. You can email the pictures to crimereport@abingdonva.us and we will share them on our social media pages.

Thank you for all your support!