VSP reports seven killed in crashes over holiday weekend

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia State Police says seven people were killed on the roads during the Independence Day holiday.

According to a release, troopers were kept busy by many drunk drivers and people speeding.

Preliminary reports show that seven people were killed in six crashes, including on that occurred in Nelson County.

Two people were killed in a crash in Spotsylvania County on July 5 while crashes also claimed lives in Highland, Loudoun, Lunenburg and Pittsylvania counties.

Police say four of the seven people who were killed were not wearing seat belts.

"Recognizing the potential for more holiday travelers and festivities with July 4 falling on a Thursday this year, we made certain to have every available trooper working Virginia's highways during the holiday weekend," said VSP Superintendent Colonel Gary Settle. "Even though state police did its part to enhance its response times and traffic safety enforcement efforts, too many motorists still put their lives and others at risk during the holiday weekend by failing to drive smart, safe or sober."

The Nelson County crash occurred the evening of July 4 on Route 151 in the Roseland area. A woman from Lynchburg was killed.

This crash is still under investigation and the cause of the crash has not been identified at this time.

VSP troopers arrested 79 drunk drivers and cited more than 5,300 speeders and more than 1,700 reckless drivers.

There were also more than 700 citations for people who were not wearing a seat belt.

In total, trooper responded to nearly 550 crashes across Virginia and helped almost 1,800 disabled or stranded drivers.



 
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