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Memorial Day weekend traffic deaths decline for the first time in years

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Posted at 5:49 PM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 17:49:49-04

Officials say the state of Virginia had a major decline in fatalities on Memorial Day Weekend this year. They investigated about 620 crashes that resulted in 141 injuries and 7 deaths.

The number of deaths dropped into the single digits this year, the first time since 2009.

Preliminary reports show that seven people lost their lives this weekend in traffic accidents  all over the state including one in Newport News, Carroll County and Southampton.

Police also stopped 11, 9900 speeders and 2,609 reckless drivers. Officers were able to arrest 137 drunk drivers.

Officials say police will continue its Click it or Ticket operation which resulted in 1,143 safety belt violations and 338 child safety seat violations