The Commission on VASAP has grown tremendously from its original status as a pilot program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1972. I know that may not seem like that long ago, but we have been in existence for over 45 years and we have grown into one of the premiere programs in the country. We were expanded state-wide in 1975 via passed legislation in the General Assembly. We now have 24 programs providing services throughout the Commonwealth. Many factors go in to making us unique, topping the list is the fact that in Virginia we receive no tax dollars and are funded via offender fees. In addition, we are one of the only programs to combine ignition interlock with intervention services. This combination provides an obstacle to impaired driving while simultaneously working to create a permanent change in behavior.
In 1986, the General Assembly established a Commission on VASAP to formulate and maintain standards to be observed by local ASAPs and to allocate funds to programs with budget deficits. The Commission is composed of 15 members who offer a broad range of knowledge and experience to effectively administer the ASAP system as provided in Section 18.2-271.2 of the Code of Virginia.
The Commission on VASAP, through the Executive Director, is responsible for the administration of the state system and overseeing the operations of the local ASAPs and for ensuring local program adherence to promulgated policies and procedures. In addition, the Commission on VASAP is responsible for oversight of Virginia's Ignition Interlock Program. There are currently five state-approved interlock vendors in the Commonwealth to include Alcolock, Drager, Intoxalock, LifeSafer, and Smart Start. The Commission works to ensure that interlock vendors and participants abide by the Virginia Code and state ignition interlock regulations. A copy of the Virginia interlock regulations can be found here.
We are busy here at the Commission on VASAP as we have set a high standard, one in which we will not compromise in maintaining. We are focused on five target component areas to include Education, Adjudication, Case Management, Offender Intervention, Public Information, and Evaluation & Certification. Each of these target component areas are equally important in reaching our goal of reducing impaired driving-related crashes.
Our Public Information & Awareness Campaign is robust, as just in this year alone, we have staffed our Commission table at numerous locations to include the 2019 Virginia Wine Expo, the Prince George High School Driver's Education Rodeo, the 2019 Court's Clerk Conference, and the Henrico County Probation & Parole Resource Day. In addition to all of these great events, we have also partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University Sports Properties/Learfield to spread our message at VCU basketball and baseball games. For more information regarding our most recent events, please check out our semi-annual Commission Newsletter
Thanks for reading up on who we are and what we are about. If you are unable to find what you are looking for during your virtual visit with us today, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone at (804) 786-5895, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you go, we ask that you please check out our latest commercial advertised in select movie theaters in the Commonwealth and our most recent Recidivism Study located here.
Our goal was not only to bring to mind some of the negative consequences of driving impaired but to also shine a light on the positive consequences of deciding to not drive impaired.
There was a lot of hard work, thought, and creativity put into this project and we are very happy with the final product. Feedback we have received from viewers has been phenomenal and several viewers cited instances where the commercial altered a later decision to drive impaired.
We hope you find this commercial as impactful as we do and thank you in advance for viewing.