Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Virginia State Police To Increase Patrols During Holiday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police will increase traffic enforcement efforts for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Stepped-up patrols aimed at catching speeders, impaired drivers and failure to use occupant restraints will begin on Friday and continue through midnight Monday.

During the 2009 holiday period, State Police statewide stopped nearly 7,400 speeders and 2,140 reckless drivers. In addition, 949 summonses were issued for failing to use seat belts or properly secure children.

Also, changes to Virginia's "Move Over" law begin Thursday. The law already requires motorists to move over, when possible, when passing an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road. The law will expand to include towing, repair and highway maintenance vehicles displaying amber-colored flashing lights.

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