Operation Air, Land and Speed kicks into gear this weekend

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- Just two weeks after a deadly weekend in Virginia, the State Police are kicking off its latest Operation Air, Land and Speed on Saturday and Sunday. This is not a direct result, however, of the deadly Fourth of July weekend.

The eyes of the speed laser will be on you up and down Interstates 64, 95 and 81. State Troopers will be out looking for speeders, reckless drivers, drunk drivers and the like -- all to keep the roads safe this weekend.

Scott Bender is on his way to a family vacation in the Outer Banks. His travels will take him on 95 and 64. "On our way down here we ran into an incident where somebody was passing us in a non passing zone. It's just dangerous."

Especially when he's traveling with some important cargo -- kids.

Samuel Francis is seeing similar problems on the road, too. "There are a lot of others that drive half drunk out there and that foolishness."

Air, Land and Speed comes just two weeks after the number of people that died in traffic accidents in the state more than doubled this July 4th holiday weekend, compared to last year. Several of those who died were not wearing their seat belts. That is something troopers will be on the look out for this weekend.

State leaders say it's just a coincidence Air, Land and Speed is happening this weekend. It was already planned and not a direct result of the July 4th weekend.

"Planned or not, it's good for them to be out there out on the highways to let people know they are there," says Scott.

Out there in big numbers, up and down the state's most traveled roads.

The entire operation wraps up on Sunday.

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