Preliminary data indicate that ten persons died in car crashes in Virginia over the four-day Memorial Day Weekend statistical counting period, according to the Virginia State Police Facebook page.
Six of the fatalites involved passenger vehicles in which the victims were not using seat belts. Three of the incidents were motorcycle crashes, one of which occurred in Virginia Beach. And one pedestrian was killed in Newport News. Overall, state troopers investigated nearly 700 holiday weekend traffic crashes across the state.
Virginia State Police mobilized 75 percent of its uniformed officers for weekend traffic safety enforcement as part of Operation CARE, a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce car accidents and injuries caused by reckless and/or drunk driving, and failure to use seat belts. Troopers issued or made nearly 11,000 summonses and arrests, most of whom were pulled over for speeding. Some 121 drivers were charged with DUI.
State Police Superintendent Flaherty has this to say:
“For the past couple of years, Virginia has been experiencing a significant decline in traffic deaths statewide. As of June 1 in Virginia, 11 more people have died this year when compared to this same time last year. As we head into the summer travel season, Virginians of all ages must make traffic safety a priority by using a seat belt, not driving distracted, obeying speed limits and never driving impaired.”
Seven persons lost their lives last year at this time on Virginia highways.