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Virginia Sees Increase in DUI Arrests Over Fourth of July Weekend

Erin King1 year ago

The Virginia State Police has reported seeing the least amount of fatal accidents over the Fourth of July weekend that the state has ever experienced.

Virginia Records Spike in Fourth of July DUI

According to Your4State Online, the state of Virginia saw less fatal accidents over the Fourth of July weekend that the state has ever experienced.  The state, officials report, did, however, see an increase in the number of DUI arrests and citations this year.

Officials report that while the state did see four fatal accidents over the holiday weekend, there were around 96 DUI offenses, about a 13 percent increase compared to last year’s holiday weekend. 

Specifically, officials in Clarke County in Virginia took several steps to guarantee that certain roads known for heavy thru traffic were safer over the holiday weekend.  Patrol reported focusing heavily on Harry Byrd Highway, John Mosby Highway, and Triple J Road, places where prior accidents had been most serious.

In comparison, the Maryland and Pennsylvania State Police Patrols also reported an increase in DUI arrests and a decrease in fatal accidents over the holiday weekend this year.

National Drunk Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2013.
  • 17-percent of all traffic deaths among children between the ages of 0 and 14 involved a drunk driver.
  • It is estimated that drunk driving results in one death every 51 minutes.

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