(WFXR) — A preliminary report shows that 10 people died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways — including in Botetourt, Campbell, and Patrick counties — over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Virginia State Police reported the fatalities occurred in the counties of Botetourt, Campbell, Chesterfield, Essex, Fairfax, Mecklenburg, Patrick, and Stafford, as well as the City of Newport News between 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 2 and midnight on Monday, July 5.
Four of the crashes — including one in Botetourt County — involved motorcycles and a fifth involved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in Patrick County.
“Virginia State Police substantially increased our presence on Virginia roadways this past weekend, and yet, we still have people flaunting the safety of others on the road by driving at excessive speeds and under the influence,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are at the height of the summer travel season, which is why we need every Virginian committed to being a safe, responsible driver. Please put as much attention into driving, buckling up, and complying with speed limits as you do with planning your summer getaway. You and Virginia’s safety depend on it.”
From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, July 7 this year, Virginia State Police say at least 399 people have died in traffic crashes in the state, which is higher than the 395 reported during the same period last year.
Overall, police responded to 669 traffic crashes and assisting 1,550 disabled/stranded motorists during the holiday period.
In addition, during Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), troopers arrested 61 drunk drivers, cited 4,025 speeders and 1,434 reckless drivers, and issued 510 citations to those who didn’t follow the law and buckle up. Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to help reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries due to impaired driving, speed, and failing to wear a seatbelt.
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