RICHMOND – Preliminary numbers indicate that eight individuals died in eight crashes during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The holiday statistical counting period began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, and concluded at midnight Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Four of the eight fatal crashes involved motorcyclists, all of whom were wearing motorcycle helmets. The motorcycle fatalities occurred in the City of Virginia Beach and Albemarle, Brunswick and Orange counties.
Two of the victims who died during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday were operating all-terrain vehicles. The ATV crashes occurred in Montgomery and Richmond counties.
A 32-year-old pedestrian was killed in the City of Newport News and a 45-year-old pedestrian was killed in the City of Roanoke.
Alcohol was a factor in at least one of the fatalities.
Additionally, troopers arrested 77 impaired drivers and cited 11,712 speeders and 2,673 reckless drivers during the three-day statistical counting period. The Virginia State Police 2014 Fourth of July holiday enforcement efforts also resulted in 832 safety belt violations and 342 child safety seat violations. Troopers responded to a total of 566 traffic crashes statewide.
In 2013, seven people were killed in traffic crashes over a four-day holiday weekend.