25 road deaths in seven days

Virginia State PoliceAlarming number of fatal traffic accidents in Virginia since Memorial Day

RICHMOND – Summer in Virginia is off to an alarmingly tragic start. Virginia State Troopers investigated 21 traffic accidents involving 25 fatalities between Tuesday, May 28, 2024 and Tuesday, June 4, 2024. The last two occurred this morning (June 4, 2024) in Caroline and Carroll counties. A crash in Buckingham County on May 28 claimed four lives and a crash on May 31 in Dinwiddie County killed two people. Virginia State Police are urging motorists to step up their efforts to drive within posted speed limits, buckle up, avoid distractions and drive sober and drug-free as they travel Virginia’s roadways this summer.

The crashes have occurred in all corners of the Commonwealth, including Accomack, Augusta, Buckingham, Brunswick, Caroline, Carroll, Dickinson, Dinwiddie, Frederick, Goochland, Hanover, James City, Loudoun, Louisa, Mecklenburg, Prince George and Rockingham counties. as well as the cities of Newport News and Virginia Beach. Two of the crashes involved motorcycles, one in Dickenson County on May 31 and the second in Virginia Beach on June 1. On May 30, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Goochland County. Two of the fatal crashes occurred in Rockingham County, and two occurred. in Caroline County. A teenage driver was killed in a crash in Loudoun County on June 1.

“Twenty-five traffic fatalities in one week should be of very serious concern to every Virginian,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. “For this summer to be a safe one, we need Virginians to recommit to safe driving habits. Smart, safe and level-headed driving should be everyone’s first and only focus behind the wheel.”

Additionally, the Virginia State Police and its “Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety” (YOVASO) program is participating in the “100 Safest Days of Summer Campaign.” The initiative highlights the critical role parents play in influencing teen driving behavior. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is traditionally considered the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens driving while students are out of school.

Preliminary numbers show that Virginia had 336 traffic fatalities on the Commonwealth’s highways during the first five months of the year (January 1, 2024 – June 4, 2024). In 2023, there were 341 deaths during the same period.