Seven people die in crashes during July 4 holiday

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police officials say seven people were killed in car crashes between July 3 and July 5.

Troopers responded to six crashes in Highland, Loudoun, Lunenburg, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Spotsylvania Counties. Four drivers and three passengers were killed in total.

The Spotsylvania County crash claimed the lives of two people.

“Recognizing the potential for more holiday travelers and festivities with July 4th falling on a Thursday this year, we made certain to have every available trooper working Virginia’s highways during the holiday weekend,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

Four of those killed were not wearing seat belts. During the holiday weekend, 723 people were given tickets for not wearing their seat belts.

Virginia State Police arrested 79 drunk drivers, cited 5,389 speeders and 1,752 reckless drivers.

Troopers responded to 548 total reported crashes.

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