RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police say 11 people died in 9 traffic crashes over Labor Day weekend. Three of the crashes were on motorcycles and claimed 5 lives.
For all of 2019, State Police say the Commonwealth has had 510 traffic deaths compared to 520 for the same period last year.
“Despite our enforcement and outreach efforts in advance of the Labor Day weekend, Virginia still had 11 men and women killed in traffic crashes on our highways,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Speed and alcohol were common factors in many of the holiday fatal crashes, which pushed us over 500 traffic deaths for the year so far. At what point have Virginians had enough of men, women, teens and children dying on our highways? All we ask is for Virginians to make responsible driving practices and habits an every-day priority. Please make that commitment today, so we can save more lives than lose them in these final months of 2019.”
The traffic crashes occurred in the counties of Albemarle, Franklin, Goochland, Prince George, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania and Wise. Prince William County had two separate fatal crashes occur over the Labor Day weekend. Prince William and Franklin counties each had one traffic crash that resulted in two deaths. State police investigated a total 684 traffic crashes during the holiday weekend.
As a result of state police traffic safety enforcement efforts during the 2019 statistical counting period, Virginia troopers:
- Stopped 7,279 speeders
- Stopped 2,283 reckless drivers
- Arrested 76 drivers for DUI/DUID
- Cited 723 seat belt violations
- Assisted 2,148 disabled/stranded motorists