State troopers to crack down on drunk driving, speeding Labor Day weekend

Traffic deaths in Virginia have increased this year

Law enforcement will be out on the roads in full force for Labor Day weekend as part of an effort to reduce traffic deaths. 

In addition to speeding, drunk driving is a particular focus. State police are joining nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies to participate in the 2017 Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. Last year’s Labor Day weekend netted 101 DUI arrests by Virginia troopers.

In the past seven days, 15 people have died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways. That death toll includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and a 9-year-old bicyclist.

This year is proving to be a deadly one for Virginia’s highways. As of Friday, there have been 529 reported traffic deaths in Virginia, compared to 477 this same date last year.

Last year, Virginia experienced a drop in traffic deaths during the four-day holiday counting period. In 2016, there were eight traffic deaths, whereas in 2015 there were 16 fatal crashes during the Labor Day weekend. In addition to investigating 707 total traffic crashes during the 2016 holiday weekend, Virginia State Police stopped 8,676 speeders and 2,772 reckless drivers. Troopers cited 739 safety belt violations and 210 child safety seat violations.