HARRISONBURG – Seven people were killed on Virginia roads over the July 4th holiday weekend, including three motorcyclists, according to a release from the Virginia State Police.
The three motorcycle crashes occurred in Fauquier County, Prince William County and the City of Hampton. The remaining four fatal crashes occurred in Amelia, Brunswick, Carroll and Warren counties. The number of fatalities was down from 10 over last year’s Independence Day holiday weekend.
For statistical purposes, this year’s holiday weekend began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ended at midnight Sunday.
Virginia State Police stepped up patrols and enforcement during that time as part of Operation CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, a national traffic safety program sponsored by individual states.
State police responded to 795 traffic crashes over the holiday weekend, and stopped and cited 10,454 speeding motorists. Troopers also cited 2,524 reckless drivers and took 93 drunken drivers off the state’s roads. State police also cited 1,044 adults for failing to buckle up, and another 334 adults for failing to safely secure their children in infant, child or booster seats.