Five Traffic Fatalities in Virginia over Thanksgiving Holidays

Virginia State Police, according to WSET TV, reported on December 1, 2014, that there were five traffic fatalities in Virginia over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Five deaths is five too many, even though it was the lowest total for the Thanksgiving weekend reported since 1992. During the same 5-day period in 2013, which includes Wednesday, there were 12 deaths. Alcohol was reported as a factor in two of the five deaths. In three cases, the person killed was not wearing a seat belt.

The deaths happened in Bedford, Middlesex, and Roanoke Counties and in the cities of Virginia Beach and Radford. The Radford death killed a 60-year-old pedestrian. Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty noted that December begins “National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month.” The Christmas and New Years’ Holidays and celebrations are often when many additional traffic deaths happen.

What helped reduce the number of Thanksgiving traffic deaths was that Virginia police made an effort to be more visible and to enforce the traffic laws on major roads. It is part of a nationwide effort called Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE). Close to 10,000 speeders were stopped statewide during the five day period. 90 drivers were charged with Driving Under the Influence.

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