Virginia State Police release 2020 Memorial Day weekend traffic statistics
Virginia State Police say eight people died in traffic crashes across the state over this year’s Memorial Day weekend.
Officials say traffic volumes were reduced on Virginia’s highways, most likely due to decreased travel plans brought on by COVID-19. In a news release, state police also report three less fatalities compared to Memorial Day in 2019. No fatal crashes were reported in Southwest VA.
“Even though we are thankful for the slight decrease in traffic fatalities over the Memorial Day weekend, eight deaths are still too many,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “It is also concerning to see reckless driving citations and DUI arrests practically on par with last year’s holiday weekend. Fewer drivers should have demonstrated a significant decline in the number of citations and traffic deaths. Sadly, that was not the case and too many motorists were putting too many lives at risk due to reckless choices and deadly driving behaviors.”
Other statistics tallied this weekend include a total of 480 crashes worked, 70 arrests of impaired drivers, 2,489 reckless drivers cited, 1,460 disabled motorists assisted, citations issued to 2,469 drivers speeding, 224 seatbelt violations, and 75 drivers arrested for DUI.
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.