Data shows Virginia traffic fatalities rose in 2020

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FILE – In this Monday, March 25, 2019, file photo, cars and trucks travel on Interstate 5 near Olympia, Wash. A new study says that safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings could prevent more than 40% of crashes in which semis rear-end other vehicles. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Data shows deaths in car crashes rose statewide last year, even as Virginians drove less due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crash fatalities increased by 2% from 827 in 2019 to 847 in 2020, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, citing data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

John Saunders, the Virginia Highway Safety Office Director for the Department of Motor Vehicles, says having less traffic on the roadways last year encouraged speeding.

With the July Fourth weekend expected to be busy with travelers, Virginia State Police increased patrolling through Monday at midnight.

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