State Police Expect Deadly Holiday Weekend on Virginia Roads

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Virginia State Trooper Kenneth Hyden says he expects 10 to 12 people will die this weekend on Virginia roads.

That's why he says 75% more troopers will be on the roads watching out for drunk drivers.

"And if you're going to be disobeying the law, if you're going to be coming at a high rate of speed coming through Rockingham County, chances are you'll meet one of our troopers and you'll have an up close and personal conversation with that trooper," said Hyden.

Hyden says before you get into a car after you've been at a party, make sure you haven't been drinking and always buckle up.

Alcohol Safety Action Program Director Pam Simmons helps people after they get a DUI. She says her officer usually gets a major increase of DUI warrants following the 4th of July weekend.

Simmons hopes this year is different.

"I think the most important thing is to make a plan of how you're going to get home before you have something to drink because the first thing that alcohol affects is a person's judgement," said Simmons.

In 39 years as a trooper, Hyden says he's seen too many people die because of drunk drivers. He hopes this weekend it won't be you.

"Nobody has a right to take somebody else's life, and we want people to drive responsibly and be a defensive driver and obey the laws, and make it a safe and happy holiday for everyone," said Hyden. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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