Virginia State Police reports 9 traffic deaths in 5 days on Virginia highways

Posted at 11:30 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 11:30:27-05

RICHMOND, Va. – With increased traffic volumes on Virginia’s roadways anticipated for the remainder of the week and throughout the weekend, the Virginia State Police is encouraging all drivers to increase their attention to safe driving.

Between Saturday, December 21 and Wednesday, December 25, nine people lost their lives in six crashes on Virginia’s highways.

The six reported crashes occurred in Goochland, Loudoun, Richmond and Rockingham counties and the cities of Chesapeake and Newport News.

Three people died in the Goochland County crash and two people died in the Rockingham County crash. The Newport News crash claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Half of the crashes occurred on Christmas Eve day.

The state police are reminding all drivers to be alert and drive distraction-free at all times while behind the wheel. Sharing the road responsibly with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles, complying with speed limits, driving sober and always wearing a seat belt are required by law of all drivers in Virginia.

Year to date, preliminary data reports 800 adults, teenagers and children have been killed in traffic crashes across Virginia. Alert and safe drivers can help keep this number from increasing within the final days of 2019.