8 die in Vir­ginia crashes dur­ing hol­i­day weekend

Rappahannock News - - WASHINGTON - From con­trib­uted re­ports

Eight people lost their lives in eight traf­fic crashes across the state, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary re­ports for the 2014 Me­mo­rial Day weekend, one fewer than the num­ber of traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties statewide last Me­mo­rial Day weekend .

In an ef­fort to re­duce traf­fic crashes, in­juries and deaths over the hol­i­day weekend, the Vir­ginia State Po­lice stepped up pa­trols as part of the an­nual Oper­a­tion CARE (Com­bined Ac­ci­dent Re­duc­tion Ef­fort), from 12:01 a.m. Fri­day (May 23) to mid­night Mon­day.

The eight crashes oc­curred in Brunswick, Charles City, Cum­ber­land, Giles, Hanover, Northum­ber­land, Scott and Spot­syl­va­nia coun­ties. Of the eight killed, seven were not wear­ing seat­belts. The Giles County crash Mon­day night (May 26) in­volved a Jeep Wran­gler that over­turned. The driver died; the two re­main­ing pas­sen­gers are still hos­pi­tal­ized. One of the four was re­ported to be wear­ing a seat­belt.

Oper­a­tion CARE is a state­spon­sored na­tional pro­gram that en­cour­ages law en­force­ment agencies to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity and traf­fic en­force­ment ef­forts on ma­jor travel hol­i­days. The stepped-up en­force­ment oper­a­tion was part of the new, na­tion­wide Drive to Save Lives cam­paign that aims to not only re­duce traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties by 15 per­cent in 2014, but to also in­crease of­fi­cer safety for those on pa­trol. ( For Vir­ginia to achieve a 15- per­cent re­duc­tion, there must be 111 fewer traf­fic deaths this year.)

Over the weekend, po­lice stopped 13,829 speed­ers and an­other 3,136 reck­less driv­ers statewide. In ad­di­tion, troop­ers ar­rested and charged 142 driv­ers for DUI. They also cited 1,241 safety belt vi­o­la­tions and 340 child safety seat vi­o­la­tions. State po­lice in­ves­ti­gated a to­tal of 463 traf­fic crashes.

“The sum­mer travel sea­son is now of­fi­cially upon us,” said Col. W. Steven Fla­herty, VSP su­per­in­ten­dent. “Our fig­ures in­di­cate there were 10 fewer traf­fic crashes this Me­mo­rial Day weekend com­pared to 2013, which is en­cour­ag­ing con­sid­er­ing the fore­casts for record travel vol­ume over the hol­i­day.”

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