Virginia State Police reports 17 traffic deaths over Labor Day weekend

“The 2020 traffic fatality statistics continue to trend in an unacceptable direction and with 116 additional crashes with injuries over the holiday weekend, I fear that preliminary number of deaths may still increase,” Colonel Gary T. Settle, superintendent of the Virginia State Police, said in a release. “It is very possible that five of those who lost their lives could have been saved if they would have taken two seconds and secured their seat belts. I know this year has been stressful and everyone wants to enjoy a holiday weekend, but every decision you make, both before and while you are at the wheel, can affect if you or someone else on the road makes it safely home.

The decisions are simple: don’t drive impaired, don’t drive tired, don’t drive distracted, don’t speed, wear your seatbelt, pay attention and be a responsible passenger.”

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