Deadly Virginia Labor Day Traffic Claims 15
Despite an increased police presence on the roads, Virginia had a deadly Labor Day weekend for motorists. News reports indicate that there were 612 total traffic accidents across the Commonwealth, leading to the death of 15 people. Included in those fifteen were nine drivers, four passengers, a pedestrian and a bicyclist. Tragically, many of the people killed were not wearing seat belts or child restraints at the time of their fatal accidents.
Virginia State Police had participated in the annual Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. They wrote more than 11,000 speeding tickets and arrested nearly 120 drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All money generated during Operation CARE goes to the state’s literary fund.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, which means many people are letting loose one last time before the fall. Unfortunately, this carefree attitude is also reflected on the roads. People are more likely to drink and drive, speed and to not buckle up on holiday weekends like this one. New Years Eve and Thanksgiving are two other deadly holidays where drivers are found to be most careless. Those two days, along with Labor Day, are the most dangerous driving days of the year, and claim a combined average of 550 American lives each year.
The next time you’re out celebrating at a parade, party or barbecue, make sure to buckle up before heading home. Never drink when you know you’ll need to drive home, and consider calling a taxi if you do decide to imbibe.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may want to speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of accidents for over 29 years. If you’d like to setup a free consultation, contact us at 877-544-5323.