According to preliminary estimates from the Virginia State Police, ten persons lost their lives in eight Virginia car crashes over Christmas weekend. The four-day statistical counting period began Thursday, December 24 and ended at midnight Sunday, December 27. Last year at this time, six persons died in auto collisions, even though the 2008 official counting period ran for five days.
Information released by the State Police summary indicates that of the 10 fatalities, four were teenagers. Several of the victims were not wearing their seat belts, and alcohol appeared to be a factor in at least two of the crashes.
“No one wants to see a family suffer from the loss or severe injury of a loved one because of a traffic crash, especially during the holidays,” Col. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said. “As Virginians begin to make plans for New Year’s, we can’t stress enough the importance of all drivers and passengers to make safe, responsible decisions when getting into a vehicle. Buckle up, obey speed limits, and never drink and drive.”
Last year, five traffic fatalities occurred in Virginia during the New Year’s holiday period.
Virginia State Police will continue DUI patrols and preventive enforcement efforts as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce throughout the New Year’s weekend.
While most Virginians drive responsibly, motorists should and must continue to stay vigilant at all times, especially but not limited to the holiday season. 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, 877-544-5323.