Traffic deaths spike in Virginia as Labor Day travel approaches
A sobering trend is developing in Virginia as travelers take to the highway for a busy Labor Day weekend.
The state has currently recorded 529 traffic deaths so far in 2017, compared to 477 at this time last year, according to the Virginia State Police. The agency has also worked traffic crashes in the last week that have resulted in 15 fatalities including a 9-year-old killed while riding a bicycle.
Labor Day-related crashes decreased by 50 percent last year while troopers issued more than 8,600 speeding ticket during the holiday period, according to VSP data.
State Police are also joining local jurisdictions with saturated patrols and checkpoints during the four-day holiday weekend.