RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Even with a significant decrease in fatal traffic crashes of the 2021 Labor Day holiday weekend in Virginia, there was an alarming number of deaths among motorcyclists.
Virginia State Police (VSP) says of the eight reported fatalities from last weekend, four involved motorcycles and one involved a moped.
During the 2020 Labor Day weekend, a total of 20 fatalities occurred on Virginia highways.
VSP says they arrested 59 impaired drivers on Virginia highways during the holiday statistical counting period.
“I can only hope that the reduction in traffic deaths during the Labor Day weekend is a sign of continued reductions for the remainder of the year. We haven’t seen holiday numbers like this since 2017. In order to further reduce and prevent traffic deaths and injuries on Virginia’s highways, we need the public’s help. The decisions are simple: drive smart, safe and sober.”Col. Gary T. Settle, VSP Superintendent
During the four-day holiday statistical counting period, the eight fatal crashes occurred in the following localities:
- Bedford County
- Charlotte County
- Hanover County
- Madison County
- Suffolk County
- Wythe County
- City of Norfolk
- City of Virginia Beach
VSP says they investigated 778 traffic crashes total during the holiday weekend.
VSP participated in two annual, traffic safety enforcement programs during this past Labor Day weekend including Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (CARE) and Checkpoint Strikeforce, the anti-DUI enforcement and education program sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).
Operation CARE is a national, state-sponsored program aimed at reducing traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failing to use occupant restraints.
The campaign began on Friday, Sept. 3 and ended at midnight on Monday, Sept. 6.
During the holiday weekend, VSP troopers logged the following:
- 4,602 speeders were stopped
- 1,591 reckless drivers were stopped
- 59 drivers were arrested for DUI/DUID
- 402 seat belt violations were cited
- 995 disabled/stranded motorists were helped
Ride 2 Save Lives is a free motorcycle education, training and assessment program offered by VSP which continues to offer courses across Virginia through October.
For more information about this program, click here.
Funds generated from summonses issued by VSP go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.
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