UPDATE 6/30: Project M.E.A.R. yielded 770 summonses/arrests, officials said Monday.

The breakdown of summons/arrests are as follows: Speed, 497; Reckless Driving, 3; Other Hazardous, 213; Seatbelt, 22.

NORFOLK -- In support of the new nationwide traffic safety campaign, 'Drive to Save Lives,' the Virginia State Police and other motorcycle law enforcement officers throughout Hampton Roads will take to the streets in an effort to curb speeding, reckless driving, and other life threatening behaviors while behind the wheel.

Project M.E.A.R. (Motorcycle Enforcement Accident Reduction) is scheduled to take place on June 24 and 25. The program was modeled and designed to enhance interstate enforcement efforts and the unique capabilities of police motorcycle units.

M.E.A.R. will provide widespread enforcement, increase driver compliance and attempt to reduce accidents in several high-traffic Hampton Roads cities.

'In participation of the nationwide traffic-safety campaign, 'Drive to Save Lives,' our intent along with other participating law enforcement agencies, is to provide a very visible presence to commuters and traffic enforcement in order to re-enforce our efforts in reducing traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our roads,' said Virginia State Police Captain Robert P. Chappell, Jr.


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