Virginia state troopers will step up traffic safety enforcement efforts for the Memorial Day weekend with increased patrols during an operation that  starts Friday, May 28 at 12:01 a.m. and runs through midnight, Monday, May 31. Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce car crashes, accident fatalities, and injuries caused by speeding, drunk driving, and the non-use of seat belts.

“In 2009, Virginia experienced its lowest number of traffic deaths in over a decade during the Memorial Day weekend,” Virginia State Police Superintendent Flaherty explained earlier this week. “I challenge all Virginians to play a role in further decreasing the number of traffic deaths and crashes during this year’s holiday weekend by buckling up, obeying speed limits, and driving sober and distraction-free.”

Last year at this time, state troopers stopped more than 10,000 speeders and about 3,000 reckless drivers. Officers also arrested nearly 200 drunk drivers.

State police will simultaneously continue the Click It or Ticket enforcement project, which runs through June 6.


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