State police continue heavy watch over holiday travel

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Break the law and you will be pulled over. That's the message from state police tonight.

Troopers are stepping up patrols in anticipation of an increased number drivers hitting the roadways; many heading home after the long holiday weekend.

Some 75 percent of all Virginia state troopers are on the roadways this Labor Day. They're watching for violators, and they're not having a problem finding them. Many motorists are being stopped for speeding.

"We're stopping them for reckless driving, not wearing seatbelts, and not securing their children in restraints or seatbelts as well," said Sgt. Chris Clark.

Troopers are blanketing the roadways in an effort to help ensure motorists get home safely after the long holiday weekend.

"People need to be reminded to leave a little early, give yourself plenty of time, expect delays especially this afternoon," Clark added.

There have been eight fatalities on Virginia roadways so far this holiday weekend. Troopers are asking motorists to practice patience and to play it safe.

This stepped up police presence for Labor Day travel will conclude tonight at midnight.

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