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Troopers on lookout for dangerous drivers

The Virginia State Police will beef up patrol on interstates 95, 85, 81 and 64 today, focusing primarily on dangerous drivers.

With college football in full swing as well as many festivals at this time of year, the state police expect more traffic on the interstates.

“More traffic typically leads to more crashes, injuries, deaths and other serious traffic-related incidents. Therefore, this operation is both about enforcement and education,” the state police said in a release.

Troopers will focus on all violators, but will put special emphasis on speeders and distracted and reckless drivers.

The interstate saturation coverage comes after similar efforts over the recent Labor Day weekend, when troopers issued thousands of citations. They also handled 636 crashes, in which nine people died.

Money generated from summonses issued by the state police help support the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

—Scott Shenk