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Eight Virginia Traffic Fatalities over Fourth of July Weekend

Lilly Mashayak3 months ago

RICHMOND, Va. (WSLS) – Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend, seven traffic crashes across Virginia left five drivers, a motorcyclist, a teenage passenger and pedestrian dead, according to reports fro Virginia State Police.

Details about the Fatal Accident

The crashes occurred in the cities of Chesapeake and Roanoke, and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Lunenburg and Sussex. Virginia State Police increased patrols as part of Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during the Fourth of July holiday.

Operation CARE is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt. From July 1 to July 4, Virginia troopers arrested 106 drunk drivers, cited 9,469 speeders, 2,590 reckless drivers, 821 individuals for not wearing a seat belt and 360 drivers for violating child safety seat regulations.

During the four-day weekend state police investigated 947 traffic crashes statewide and helped 3,285 motorists. The funds generated from the citations issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits technology funding, teacher retirement and public school construction.

“State police will continue its concerted efforts during the summer months to reinforce the need for all motorists to drive to save lives on Virginia’s highways,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “To date, 345 lives have been lost to traffic crashes statewide. Let’s turn that devastating statistic around and work together through compliance, education and enforcement to save that many lives in the coming weeks.”

This year marked an increase in the number of fatalities from traffic crashes in Virginia during the Fourth of July weekend. Only four people died in 2015; however that year the holiday was only three days long.

Number of Wrongful Deaths from Virginia Traffic Crashes During Fourth of July in Recent Years

• 2015: 4 (3-day weekend)
• 2014: 11 (3-day weekend)
• 2013: 7 (4-day weekend)
• 2012: 10 (5-day weekend)
• 2011: 14 (4-day weekend)




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