Fatal wrecks increase during Fourth of July weekend in Virginia

13 people killed over holiday weekend

The four-day period started at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 1 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4.

State troopers responded to investigated 671 crashes statewide over the course of the four-day period. In Broome County six people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Troopers also issued 344 citations and 111 warnings.

With an increase of vacationers on the roads, in the summer Sgt. Yvette Shepherd of the Oregon State Police told the Oregonian that, "More vehicles are on the road this time of year and the July Fourth holiday tends to see a lot of crashes". Troopers cited 992 seat belt violations and 308 child restraint violations.

Under Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), troopers cited 10,238 speeders and 2,677 reckless drivers over the holiday weekend.

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They were called to investigate almost 400 accidents, 50 of which with injury.

"Sadly, the number of fatalities on our highways increased this year during the holiday, which is unacceptable", said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

"During this enforcement period, troopers utilized both traditional and non-traditional patrol cars", said Sgt. Eric Haglund, spokesman for the Connecticut State Police.

The numbers represent slight increases across the board for police.

State police made a total of 60 DUI arrests, which well surpasses the total amount of 39 arrests in 2016. There were two fatal accidents in 2016, however, compared to just one during the recent enforcement period.

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