May 24, 2013
Virginia State Police will be boosting patrols over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Increased patrols began Friday and will continue through Monday night. It's part of the annual Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, or CARE, a national traffic-enforcement project.
The additional patrols are aimed at reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use seat belts.
Last year police cited nearly 11,600 speeders and 3,000 reckless drivers and arrested 137 impaired drivers. Eleven people died in traffic accidents in Virginia last year. Ten of them weren't wearing seat belts.