Wednesday, July 17, 2024

VSP: 11 Killed in 9 Crashes Over Memorial Day Weekend

(WYDaily file)

RICHMOND — Virginia State Police said Wednesday that preliminary data indicates 11 people were killed on Virginia’s roadways over the 2024 Memorial Day Holiday weekend, including two double-fatality crashes in Goochland and Henry Counties.

That number is an increase compared to 2023, when nine people were killed on Virginia’s highways, according to information from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Our goal for every major holiday travel weekend is for there to be no fatal crashes on our highways,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police (VSP). “Eleven people is far too many lives lost. If this summer is going to be a safe one, drivers must watch their speed, buckle up, drive sober, and focus on the roads.”

According to police, The fatal crashes occurred in Craig, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Franklin, Goochland, and Henry counties, as well as the cities of Newport News and Lynchburg.

  • Two people were killed in a head-on collision that occurred in Goochland County on May 24.
  • A single-vehicle crash in Henry County on May 25 claimed the lives of two people.
  • There was one fatal motorcycle crash that occurred May 26 in the City of Lynchburg.
  • A pedestrian was killed in Fairfax County on May 24.
  • There were two separate fatal crashes in Dinwiddie County during the four-day holiday statistical counting period.

Virginia State Police said it had all available troopers and supervisors on patrol during the 2024 holiday weekend as part of the nationwide, state-sponsored Operation C.A.R.E (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort).

During the statistical counting period, police said troopers cited over 3,500 drivers for speeding and over 1,400 drivers for reckless driving. Ninety-two drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DUID), and Virginia state troopers also cited 303 drivers for violating the Driving Under the Influence.

VSP noted Virginia is also currently participating in the annual Click It or Ticket seatbelt education and enforcement campaign, and over the holiday, there were 535 seatbelt violations and 112 child restraint citations issued by state police.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement, VSP said.

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