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Nine die on Virginia highways during 4th of July holiday period

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Traffic-related crashes over the July 4 holiday period claimed nine lives in Virginia, according to data released Wednesday by State Police officials.

That total was an increase compared with 2016 statistics- eight fatalities- and investigators said four of those killed in the crashes were not wearing seat belts.

The wrecks occurred in the city of Norfolk and the counties of Amherst, Dinwiddie, Fairfax, Henrico, Montgomery, Orange, Rockingham and Surry, the report said. A total of 671 crashes were investigated by the VSP during the statistical period which ran from Saturday until Tuesday at midnight.

Other stats released by the agency:

More than 10,200 drivers were issued speeding tickets 2,677 motorists were cited for reckless driving 992 drivers were given tickets for seat belt violations 308 parents were ticketed for not properly securing their children inside their vehicles

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