Nine Killed in Thanksgiving Weekend Crashes



More than 7,000 speeders were ticketed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and another 2,000 received tickets for reckless driving. The statistics paint a grim portrait of Virginia’s roads. During one of the busiest times of year for local roads and highways, these numbers present a harsh reality about driving in Virginia. It’s part of why police launched the Operation C.A.R.E. program, which stands for Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort.

C.A.R.E.

The program seeks to reduce the number of speeders, drunk and reckless drivers on the road during an especially busy time of year. Along with the aforementioned tickets written for reckless driving and speeding, more than 100 additional motorists were charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Combined with the fact that 9 individuals lost their lives in Thanksgiving-related traffic accidents, it’s clear that more must be done to keep our roads safe.

Towards Zero Deaths

While the C.A.R.E. campaign is indeed a good start, Governor Northam has announced a new initiative called Towards Zero Deaths to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to zero. This goal is optimistic, but officials say they hope it will send a message about the changing traffic culture in Virginia. As part of the initiative, Virginia State Police will step up their patrols and DUI checkpoints to help keep roads safe. Of course, prevention is also important. We can all do our part to keep Virginia safe by relying on designated drivers this winter holiday season. Remember to always buckle up and obey the speed limit, and you’ll make it to your holiday party safe and sound!

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