Watch Out Ahead Henrico (WOAH!) is a public-awareness campaign to promote safer streets for everyone.
Vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are on the rise, often leading to serious or fatal injuries. The problem is occurring across the country and throughout Virginia.
In October 2023, the Henrico County Police Division, in collaboration with Henrico County Government, revamped the former “Watch Your Step!” campaign to ensure there was public safety-awareness for all methods of travel on county roads:
- by foot
- by bicycle
- by motor vehicle
WOAH! was created to have our community members say that very phrase. Staying alert and aware of your surroundings is what makes the difference in preventing these types of crashes.
In 2022, Henrico County had:
74 CRASHES involving PEDESTRIANS resulting in 8 FATALITIES, and
21 CRASHES involving BICYCLISTS resulting in ONE FATALITY.
Make Safety Your Top Priority!
We all play a role in making sure each and every person traveling across Henrico County gets to where they’re going safely.
Henrico County Police has teamed up with Henrico County Government to hand out WOAH! reflective vests to community members who could best utilize them.
If you are in need of a reflective vest, you can pick one up at the following locations:
- Henrico County Public Safety Building (7721 E. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23294)
- Henrico Police Central Station (7850 Villa Park Dr., Henrico, VA 23228)
- Henrico Police South Station (561 Eastpark Ct., Sandston, VA 23150)
Hours of business can be found here.
Henrico Police also plans to hand out these vests at various community-related events through our Community Policing Unit.
Whether you’re traveling by car, bike, bus or foot, remain alert and avoid distractions, including mobile phones, headphones and other devices.
- Stay alert and obey all traffic laws
- Slow down around pedestrians and bicyclists, including at crosswalks and in areas where parked cars may obstruct views
- Leave at least 3 feet of space to the left of bicyclists when passing or overtaking them
WALKERS & RUNNERS
- Use sidewalks and crosswalks where they are available
- Walk or run facing traffic if sidewalks are not available
- Assume drivers can’t see you, especially at night
- Wear bright or reflective clothing and walk in well-lit areas away from parked cars and other obstacles
- Follow the rules of the road as if you were a motorist, as required by Virginia law
- Wear a helmet and bright or reflective clothing
- Be predictable, use proper hand signals and avoid sudden movements
- Use front and rear lights at night, as required by Virginia law
Henrico is committed to providing an efficient and safe transportation network for residents and the traveling public. The Department of Public Works has an active program to construct sidewalks along county-maintained roads. Additionally, the regional public transit system, GRTC, can be accessed throughout Henrico County.
Traffic Crash Data
- 2022 – Auto vs Pedestrian/Bicyclist Crashes
- 2021 – Auto vs Pedestrian/Bicyclist Crashes
- 2020 – Auto vs Pedestrian/Bicyclist Crashes
- 2019 – Auto vs Pedestrian/Bicyclist Crashes
- 2018 – Auto vs Pedestrian/Bicyclist Crashes
More Traffic Crash data is available in the Police Division’s Annual Public Crime Data.
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