Eight deaths reported on Virginia highways during holiday weekend
Eight people died in seven crashes across in the cities of Chesapeake and Roanoke and in counties of Albermarle, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Lunenburg and Sussex during the holiday weekend, according to preliminary reports from Virginia State Police.
Patrols were increased as part of Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt.
Virginia State troopers arrested 106 drunk drivers from July 1 to July 4. Troopers cited 9,469 speeders and 2,590 reckless drivers. Another 821 individuals were cited for failing to wear a seat belt and 360 were cited for child safety seat violations.
Statewide, troopers assisted 3,285 motorists and investigated 947 traffic crashes, the release said.
“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,” Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty said in the release. “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.”
Locally, Lynchburg Police Sgt. Ronnie Sitler said there were no fatalities or wrecks with serious injuries.