Motorists traveling in the Historic Triangle can expect to see more law-enforcement officers on the roadways this weekend.
Virginia State Police will be out in force on the commonwealth’s interstates as part of its annual Labor Day crash awareness and reduction effort called Operation C.A.R.E. The initiative began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will run through midnight Monday.
During last year’s Labor Day initiative, troopers across Virginia issued 7,447 citations for speeding, 2,092 citations for reckless driving, 576 citations for not wearing seat belts and 181 citations for violations of child safety seat laws, according to state police.
In addition, 97 drunken drivers also were arrested statewide during the operation, state police said.
Five people were killed in crashes during last year’s Labor Day weekend, state police said. None of the victims was wearing a seat belt.
“It takes just three seconds to buckle up, and the choice you make could be the difference between a life saved and another tragic statistic,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “We need your help to prevent fatalities on our roads and continue driving these alarming fatality numbers down. As you travel for the Labor Day holiday, whether it’s across the state or around the corner, buckle up every ride, every time.”
There have been 493 traffic fatalities statewide in the first eight months of 2018, which is 9 percent less than during the same period last year, state police said. Of those killed this year, 220 were not wearing a seat belt.