Virginia sees decrease in deadly Labor Day weekend crashes

State police say 3 traffic deaths reported


RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia saw a drop in traffic deaths over the 2017 Labor Day weekend.

State police say there were three traffic deaths reported during the four-day holiday weekend.

The three crashes occurred in Suffolk, and Appomattox and Frederick counties. The traffic crashes in Appomattox County and Suffolk each claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

The three deaths mark a drop from 2016's eight deaths and 2015's 16 deadly crashes.

During the holiday weekend, state police participated in the annual Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort program. Operation CARE is a nationwide, state-sponsored traffic safety program that aims to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failing to use occupant restraints.

Through the state police’s stepped up presence on Virginia’s highways over Labor Day, troopers stopped and cited 7,381 speeders and another 2,092 reckless drivers. State police also cited 576 safety belt violations and 181 child safety seat violations.

In addition, Virginia troopers assisted 3,205 disabled or stranded motorists and investigated a total 747 traffic crashes.