State Police Step Up Holiday Patrols
Virginia State Police will put 75% of their uniformed workforce on patrol across the state this Labor Day weekend.
Last year, Virginia had a sharp rise in traffic deaths over the Labor Day holiday with 14 people losing their lives, double the number from the year before, and once again state police will be participating with localities in stepped-up enforcement, traffic checkpoints and efforts to get drunk drivers off the road.
Just in the past two months, drunk drivers have struck and seriously injured four state police officers, and Colonel Stephen Flaherty says it shows they don’t discriminate when it comes to their victims. Last year, state police arrested 164 drunk drivers over the four-day holiday, cited 9400 speeders and 2500 reckless drivers.
The stepped-up enforcement period began this morning and continues through midnight Monday.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News