NORFOLK - Are Virginia roads as safe as they can be? One national group says no.
Virginia ranked 16th in the number of traffic deaths in 2011, according to the latest study from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. It shows 764 people died in crashes and that Virginia spent more than $5 billion on those deaths, which includes the cost of Medicaid, emergency responders and law enforcement.
The group says Virginia has work to do when compared to laws in other states. Officials specifically note that regulations on texting and seat belt use should be primary traffic offenses.