State Police Enforce Operation Lifesaver

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Almost three million people in Virginia traveled for Christmas and 90 percent of them drove, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Even with all those people on the roads, it was a relatively quiet Christmas locally, according Virginia State Police in Rockingham County.

State police in Rockingham County didn't have any DUIs on Christmas, compared to having five last year.

Sgt. K.L. Hyden with VSP said the increase in traffic makes driving more difficult this time of the year.

Every year the weekend before Christmas, VSP has Operation Lifesaver, a time when they strictly enforce the law and avoid accidents.

This year, during Operation Lifesaver, which lasted from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23, state police in Rockingham County issued 117 tickets, 43 fewer than last year.

Of those 117 , 50 were for speeding, 11 for reckless driving, nine for seat belt violations and no DUIs.

"The worst thing you can do is knock on somebody's door on Christmas Eve and tell that one of their loved ones has been killed in a motor vehicle accident. It is supposed to be a happy and joyous time of the year," said Hyden.

Before you hop in your car to travel home this holiday season Hyden suggests avoiding heavy traffic.

He said early Sunday is a good time to travel and make sure to get plenty of rest and switch drivers, if possible.


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