Highest Labor Day Weekend Fatalities In Decade

September 5, 2007

Virginia State Police say that this year's Labor Day weekend had the highest car crash fatalities in a decade. The year the fatalities jumped to 19.

Police say most of this year's crashes were caused by drivers running off the road because they weren't paying attention, were going too fast, were impaired or inexperienced.

Officials say that investigations reveal that drivers overcorrected while steering causing vehicles to overturn, hit a pole, or an embankment. Deaths happened in Manassas, Virginia Beach and the counties of Carroll, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Halifax, King George, Loudoun, Page, Patrick, Prince William, Rockingham and Spotsylvania.

Last year, 11 people died on Virginia highways during Labor Day weekend. The number of fatalities reached a low of six in 2001 and a high of 17 in 2002 and 2004.

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