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Labor Day weekend road deaths

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – State Police say they saw a decrease in traffic deaths over the 2012 Labor Day holiday when compared to statistics from 2011. Police report six people lost their lives in traffic crashes between 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, through midnight on Monday, Sept. 3.

During the 2011 holiday weekend, 16 people were killed in traffic crashes; 13 people were killed during 2010 and 2009 Labor Day weekends. Here’s the details from State Police:

The fatalities occurred in the City of Hampton and Bedford, Fauquier, Rockingham, Russell and Stafford counties. One fatality in Rockingham County involved a pedestrian and the one in Hampton involved a motorcycle. Of the remaining four fatalities, the deceased was not wearing a seat belt. Alcohol was a factor in at least one of the fatal crashes.

During the 2012 weekend, Virginia State Police arrested 112 drunk drivers during the four-day Labor Day weekend. Troopers cited 8,187 speeders and 2,459 reckless drivers. They also issued 718 safety belt violations and 251 tickets to adults who failed to properly secure their infants and children. In addition, Virginia State Police responded to and investigated 715 total traffic crashes statewide.

To enhance the safety of Virginia’s highways over the holiday weekend, Virginia State Police had 75 percent of its uniformed workforce participating in the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.). Operation C.A.R.E. is an annual, state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failure to use occupant restraints during major travel holidays.

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