Chesapeake Auto Accident Injury Attorney Report – Traffic Deaths Decline in Virginia over Memorial Day Weekend
Traffic deaths usually spike over the holidays but deaths on the roads of Virginia (VA) over the Memorial Day holiday in 2012 were down on the previous year, according to state police.
State police say seven drivers and two passengers were killed in traffic crashes. That’s three down from last year, when 12 people were killed over the four day holiday, WRIC.com reported.
While we welcome this trend as accident injury attorneys in Chesapeake, VA, one death is too many and our thoughts are with the families of the victims.
A strong correlation between driver death and a failure to wear a seat belt was apparent in these figures,
The driver or passenger was not wearing a seatbelt in at least eight fatal crashes, say state police.
Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty said the high number of those killed while not wearing seat belts is remains disturbing because state police are running a Click-It-or-Ticket enforcement initiative. The campaign continues through Sunday.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, police cited nearly 11,800 speeders and more than 3,050 reckless drivers and arrested 138 impaired drivers in Virginia.
In a recent article, our Virginia car crash injury attorneys reported how wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to protect yourself in a car.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008 and 42% of the passengers killed in 2007 were not wearing their seat belt.