RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some sad news released this morning about Virginia roads over the past holiday weekend —traffic deaths more than doubled compared to last year.
State police handled one fatal crash in Chesterfield and two separate ones in Henrico County.
In total, 13 people lost their lives in 11 traffic crashes statewide during the four-day counting period — from Friday to Monday.
That number this time last year was six.
According to state police, a number of these accidents could have been prevented.
Of the 11 fatal accidents, at least four were alcohol-related and at least five of the crash victims were not wearing seat belts.
One man was riding a motorcycle.
State police spent the holiday weekend patrolling the interstates and likely helped save some lives, stopping more than 10,000 speeders and nearly 3,000 reckless drivers.