Three people were killed on Virginia roads over the New Year’s holiday, according to State Police preliminary figures, apparently the lowest number of fatalities since 1996. The 2000-2010 four-day statistical counting period ran from New Year’s Eve until midnight, January 3, 2010.  During the 2008 New Year’s holiday, five people lost their lives in traffic crashes, and 14 died during the equivalent period in 2007.

Alcohol played a role in at least one of the crashes. And apparently all of the victims were not using seatbelts.

“The decline in traffic fatalities for the last two years is encouraging, however, with a new year upon us every driver and passenger still needs to make traffic safety an everyday priority,” Colonel Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said. “Virginians should make a resolution this year to buckle up, obey the speed limit and limit their distractions on the road.”

For the entire 2009 calendar year, overall traffic-related fatalities decreased in the state — 750 persons (including 70 pedestrians) died, as opposed to 821 individuals in 2008.

While most Virginians drive responsibly, motorists should and must continue to stay vigilant at all times, especially but not limited to the holiday season as the state police commander suggests. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe represents victims of serious personal injury. If you have been involved in a Virginia car accident, contact the firm for a no-obligation consultation, Toll Free 877-544-5323.


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