Virginia State Police remind people to be smart and safe over the holiday weekend

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police are reminding people to be smart and safe when traveling during the holiday weekend.

“Summer days are filled with celebration, including vacations, outdoor festivals and backyard cookouts, but no matter where your plans take you, please make safety your priority. Regardless of the distance you’re traveling this week – across the country or around the corner – remember to buckle up, eliminate distractions and never drive buzzed or drunk. If we all do our small part, we increase everyone’s chances of having a safer holiday weekend.”

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent

During the coming holiday weekend, VSP will increase patrols from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, through midnight Sunday, July 5 as part of the Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.). This state-sponsored, national program is intended to reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding, and failing to wear a seat belt.

During last year’s three-day Independence Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 79 drunk drivers, cited 5,517 speeders and 1,774 reckless drivers, and issued tickets to 742 individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up. Additionally, there were seven traffic deaths on Virginia highways.

VSP asks those planning to drink to also arrange for a designated driver, rideshare service or taxi, or to utilize public transportation. Party hosts are encouraged to serve non-alcoholic beverage options.

With increased holiday patrols, VSP also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over for emergency vehicles. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

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