RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Memorial Day weekend proved to be a deadly one on Virginia's highways. Preliminary reports indicate 10 men and women died in 10 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth, according to the Virginia State Police.
This total was during the four-day statistical counting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday. Last year, seven people died during the Memorial Day weekend.
Of the 10 killed in traffic crashes, three were motorcyclists. Those fatal crashes occurred in the City of Virginia Beach, and the counties of Prince William and Clarke. The Clarke County crash claimed the life of a 54-year-old Frederick County man when his motorcycle struck a deer.
Excessive speed was a factor in the crash that claimed the life of a 35-year-old Dale City motorcyclist on I-95 in Prince William County. All three motorcyclists were wearing helmets.
One of the 10 holiday traffic deaths involved a pedestrian walking through the intersection of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and Diligence Drive in the City of Newport News late Saturday, May 29, 2010. The 34-year-old Williamsburg man was struck by a vehicle. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in the crash.
The remaining six traffic fatalities involved passenger vehicles. Not one of the six individuals was wearing a safety belt. The crashes occurred in the city of Chesapeake and the counties of Grayson, Montgomery, Pittsylvania and Tazewell. Two of the crashes occurred in Pittsylvania County.
With 75 percent of its uniformed workforce patrolling over the holiday weekend, Virginia State Police investigated a total of 646 traffic crashes statewide and issued 10,780 summonses and arrests. Among those stopped included 10,592 speeders and 2,609 reckless drivers. State Police statewide charged 121 drivers with DUI. A total of 1,007 adults failed to buckle up and 307 children were not properly restrained as required by state law.