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State police plan to ‘saturate’ interstates Saturday

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State Police will be out in full force this weekend. / Photo by Jason Lawrence [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Virginia State Policewill beef up patrol on interstates 95, 85, 81 and 64 Saturday, focusing primarily on “dangerous drivers.”

With college football in full swing as well as many festivals being held 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. “We want to stop those drivers putting others at risk, while at the same getting individuals to think twice about their own driving behaviors and make safer choices while on the road.”

The interstate saturation coverage comes on the heels of similar efforts over the recent Labor Day weekend. According to preliminary statistics, during that four-day holiday troopers charged 108 with impaired driving and cited another 11,204 with reckless driving. Troopers handed out 906 citations for seat belt violations and another 343 for child safety seat violations. They 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.


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