Through November 30, statistics indicate a significant decline in deaths on Virginia’s roadways as compared to last year, the governor’s office announced.

According to preliminary data, there were 98 fewer traffic fatalities–a 13 percent decline–in Virginia compared to this same period last year. And the 821 traffic fatalities recorded in 2008 were the lowest in Virginia since 1966.

In a statement, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine said that “it’s clear that our coordinated efforts, and the increased use of seat belts, are having a positive effect on the number of traffic deaths in Virginia. While I am gratified to see our efforts paying off, we must continue to be vigilant and careful to ensure that this trend continues.” The state says that a combination of  initiatives and law  enforcement actions such as promoting seatbelt use and reducing drunk driving contributed to the downward trend.

“A single traffic death can impact hundreds of friends, family members and acquaintances,” added John Saunders, a Virginia DMV highway safety official. “One life saved on our highways is significant. We will continue to work with the Commonwealth’s safety partners to further this positive trend throughout 2009 and 2010.”

While most Virginians drive responsibly, motorists should continue to stay vigilant at all times, especially but not limited to the holiday season.  As the official suggested, a serious traffic accident can have devastating consequences on the victim and the victim’s family and friends.  If you–or a loved one–-have been injured in a Virginia automobile accident, you need to know your legal rights. Contact the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.


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