Memorial Weekend 2015 ended up being a mess of traffic accidents involving speeders and reckless drivers all across the state of Virginia. Over the weekend, nine people lost their lives in fatal accidents that took in the following counties:
- Campbell County
- Page County
- Roanoke County
- Prince George County
- Franklin County
- Albemarle County
- Rockingham County
- Prince William County
Police reported that the fatality in Prince William County accident was a pedestrian, while another accident involved a motorcyclist who was killed in Cambell County. Alcohol was involved in three of the nine fatal accidents while the other accident victims were not wearing seatbelts. The victim in the fatal accident in Prince George County was also not wearing a seatbelt and was also under the influence of alcohol, the accident occurred near the 4600 block of Ruffin Road.
Virginia State Troopers responded to more than 750 traffic accidents and arrested 135 people for driving under the influence over the 4-day holiday weekend. Over 10,000 drivers received traffic citations for speeding while 3,408 drivers were cited for reckless driving. In addition to 1,300 seatbelt violations and near 400 parents were cited for improper restraining their children.
“As the summer months approach, we continue to urge all drivers and passengers to make the commitment to buckle up, avoid distractions, drive sober, follow the speed limit and drive defensively,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “They are safety messages which must be repeated because following the rules of the road can save lives.”
In the state of Virginia reckless driving can be viewed as a criminal offense. If you have received a citation for reckless driving in Virginia, be sure to protect your right by contacting our Virginia traffic lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney David A.C. Long can represent clients that facing various traffic offense such as: reckless driving, speeding tickets, failure to yield, driving on suspended license, attempting to elude police and commercial vehicle violations.