VSP report from the Memorial Day weekend 2022

The Virginia State Police (VSP) emailed a  report on the 2022 Memorial Day Weekend.

The VSP report shows a sharp decrease in traffic accidents and fatalities compared to 2021.

Traffic volumes rivaled per-pandemic numbers in amounts not seen since 2019.

The holiday weekend saw eight people lose their lives in six traffic accidents compared to 15 in 2021.

Five of those fatalities were people not wearing safety belts.

From Midnight May 23 through May 30 State Troopers issued almost 5,000 speeding tickets.

Almost 2,000 reckless driving citations were issued and 90 impaired drivers were arrested.

Additionally over 650 individuals were cited for seat belt violations.

Almost 120 people were cited for child safety restraint violations.

Almost 150 felony arrest were made.

VSP Troopers were able to assist almost 2,000 disabled motorist over the holiday weekend.

Funds raised from summons issued by VSP go directly to court fees.

The state’s literary fund also benefits from summons’ fees.

The state literary fund helps support public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

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Governor Northam ask for your help for hospital relief

In an email form Governor Northam he pleads that you be aware of your surroundings this holiday weekend social distance as much as possible.

He also recommends mask wearing especially if you are not sure who is vaccinated or not.

The governor is asking that you vaccinate or get the booster if you haven’t yet.

He points out that statistics show that the vaccination lessen the impact of the COVID symptoms.

Notham ask that you not go the hospital unless you really need to.

The governor calls it unfair to ask an already overwhelmed exhausted hospital staff to work harder especially dealing with a preventable disease.

Northam pointed out that hospital staffs have been working tirelessly for months to care for sick patients.

Click here for COVID testing information for Virginia.

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Call before you go on this Juneteenth federal holiday weekend

As Jun. 19 falls on a Saturday this year many agencies and businesses have already announced they are closed today June 18 to honor the Juneteenth holiday.

Frederick County Government Offices as well as Winchester Frederick County joint Judicial Center announced they are closed today Jun. 18.

To ensure the agency or business you hope to visit is open you should call ahead as Juneteenth becomes an official federal holiday.

The holiday is being recognized as it was the last day of slavery in the United States back in 1865.

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Sen. Warner warns of travel documents delays

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If you have travel plans in the next 14 days and still need assistance in getting or renewing a U.S. passport Senator Warner’s office can help.

Call (540) 857-2676 to get assistance or visit travel.state.gov/passport to get a jump start on the process.

Sen. Warner warns that increased demand, mailing delays and processing backlogs is causing delays in obtaining passports and travel documents.

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VDOT promises a clear cruise holiday weekend

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is promising a Clear Cruise this Memorial Day weekend.

To make travel safer and easier VDOT will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and major roads from noon Friday May 28 until noon Tuesday June 1.

Motorist may still encounter semi permanent work zones and you are asked to plan ahead to ensure safe travels.

A full listing of all closures that might remain are found here.

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