Traffic Fatalities Down From Last Year
Traffic fatalities were down this past holiday weekend, but DUI arrests were up, and State Police are concerned about the upcoming holiday period.
There was encouraging news.
Geller: We saw a decrease in traffic deaths over the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police.
Geller: Last year, 16 people were killed on Virginia's highways during the holiday weekend, compared to this year's preliminary total of 9.
But there was reason for concern.
Geller: We actually experienced roughly a 33% increase in DUI arrests.
She says the increase in drinking and driving comes at a bad time.
Geller: The winter holiday time from Thanksgiving through New Year's is typically the most dangerous for DUI, traffic crashes, injuries and death.
State Police took 175 drunken drivers off the highways over the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday, 119 of them on interstates.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News