Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Virginia Point out Police issue 11,000 rushing ticket over labor day
Virginia Point out Police issue 11,000 rushing ticket over labor day
Point out Police write 11,000 rushing tickets over Labor Day weekend
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Drivers kept Virginia Point out Police troopers quite busy over the long Labor Day holiday weekend. Point out Police wrote more than 116 rushing tickets an hour between Friday and Monday.
The 11,204 rushing citations issued by Virginia Point out Police during that time period represented a 3,017 ticket jump from 2012 and a 3,729 ticket jump from 2011.
Point out Police spokeswoman Deborah Cox said there was no one answer as to why the number of rushing tickets written by point out police increased over Labor Day weekend 2013 when compared to earlier Labor Day weekends.
Year Va. Point out Police rushing citations
Labor Day weekend 2013 11,204
Labor Day weekend 2012 8,187
Labor Day weekend 2011 7,475
Labor Day weekend 2010 8,836
Labor Day weekend 2009 9,386
Labor Day weekend 2008 8,474
Cox said factors like weather and number of people traveling over the holiday can impact citation quantities.
“State Police did not change its Labor Day enforcement methods,” Virginia Point out Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wrote in an email in response to a question about the increase in rushing tickets. “However, due to the number of recent trooper graduations we have been able to fill trooper vacancies, thus enabling us to have more troopers on patrol during a holiday weekend.”
While the number of rushing citations increased rather drastically, the number of reckless driving citations more intently mirrored previous years. The 2,464 reckless driving citations written in 2013 were just five more than last year and 300 more than 2011.
Year Va. Point out Police reckless driving citations
Labor Day weekend 2013 2,464
Labor Day weekend 2012 2,459
Labor Day weekend 2011 2,164
Labor Day weekend 2010 2,420
Labor Day weekend 2009 2,587
Labor Day weekend 2008 2,395
Virginia Point out Police reported nine traffic-related deaths over the Labor Day weekend. That number is slightly greater than the six deaths reported in 2012, but lower than the 14 deaths reported in 2011. A record 22 people were killed in traffic-related death over Labor Day weekend 2007.
Year Traffic fatalities
Labor Day weekend 2013 9
Labor Day weekend 2012 6
Labor Day weekend 2011 14
Labor Day weekend 2010 8
Labor Day weekend 2009 13
Labor Day weekend 2008 7
“There is only so much our enforcement efforts can do to help ensure the safety of the interstates. It’s also up to the individual behind the wheel to do their part to be responsible and make safe choices,” Virginia Point out Police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty said in an emailed statement. “Driver attention, buckling up and complying with velocity limits are imperative, necessary actions a driver must take in order to be aggressive about their safety and the security of those who ride with them.”

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