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Operation Air, Land & Speed Yields 2500 Arrests/Summonses

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Richmond--Virginia State Police report a total of 2,579 summonses and arrest on Interstates 85, 95 and 64 on August 18 through its "Operation Air, Land & Speed" traffic safety initiative. Read the following release for more information:

"During the 10-hour operation on all three interstates combined, Virginia State Police troopers cited 1,304 speeders and 240 reckless drivers. Ninety-seven individuals were cited for failing to wear seat belts. In addition, there were two DUI arrests and 8 felony and drug arrests. The following is a breakdown per interstate of various citations and arrests:

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While there were no traffic deaths during the enforcement operation, Virginia did experience 13 traffic deaths in just two days statewide. On Saturday, Aug. 18, a total of 10 people were killed in seven traffic crashes in the cities of Fairfax and Hampton; and the counties of Charlotte, Fairfax, Greensville, Montgomery and Wythe. The traffic crash in Greensville County claimed the lives of two teenagers from Emporia. The traffic crash in Wythe County claimed the lives of three West Virginians. Of all seven crashes, one involved a motorcycle, six involved individuals who were not wearing seat belts, and at least three were alcohol-related. Only the City of Hampton traffic crash occurred on an interstate.

On Sunday, Aug. 19, three more people died in two crashes in King George and Dinwiddie counties. The Dinwiddie County traffic crash claimed the life of a driver and pedestrian.

"Virginia experienced a devastating loss of life this weekend," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "What is even more tragic is how many of these crashes could have been prevented had drivers been sober and made more responsible choices while behind the wheel. The fact that most of the crashes occurred on secondary and rural routes also demonstrates the necessity for safety to be a priority for all drivers on all roads at all times."

The weekend also proved dangerous for Virginia law enforcement. Early Saturday morning, a Virginia State Police trooper was seated inside his patrol car when a drunk driver rear-ended his vehicle on Interstate 495 near Tysons Corner in Fairfax County. Virginia State Police are also investigating a DUI-related crash that occurred early Sunday morning involving a Caroline County Deputy Sheriff.

The on-duty deputy was struck head-on by a drunken driver on U.S. Route 1. Both the trooper and deputy suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

As of today, Aug. 20, 2012, preliminary numbers total 476 reported traffic deaths in Virginia. Last year on this date, there were 480 reported traffic deaths statewide."

Copyright 2012 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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