Officers Warn Valley to Stay Safe As Holiday Weekend Comes to a Close

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- On the roads, there have been fender benders and other accidents. On Aug. 30, there was a crash that killed a man in Rockingham County.

Now, at the close of the holiday weekend, things look pretty clear. But it's not just traffic that concerns officers. They say people have also taken advantage of how busy stores are during Labor Day.

"He said he'd see me when he got back. I didn't realize it was the last time I'd hear from him," said Leigh Henderson, a friend of Steven Brooks.

Friends are mourning the loss of Steven Brooks, the man killed in an Aug. 30 car wreck. State police say he was driving when he ran off the road hitting a tree. They say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

With the holiday coming to a close, officers hope everyone will be smart as they hit the roads.

"People will be drinking alcohol, they just need to be responsible," said Sergeant Brian Edwards, with the Waynesboro Police Department.

In Waynesboro, officers say crime is happening off the roads. Specifically, in grocery stores and other major retailers.

"Retail theft, we've seen grand larcenies and petty thefts, people stealing credit cards and then coming in and using those credit cards at stores," said Sergeant Edwards.

Six theft cases have occurred so far over the holiday weekend. William Haines is charged with two felony shoplifting incidences at Wal-mart

According to Sergeant Edwards, Haines stole items while he was drunk. Officers say he took about $700 worth of meat, beer, and other merchandise from the store.

In Harrisonburg, police say there were five crashes this weekend and one DUI.

With more people out on the roads on Labor Day, officers say it's key to drive smart.

"Because even though we're going to have all that traffic on the road what we don't want is drunk drivers in and amongst those safe motorists," said Sergeant Edwards.

As people head back to work and school on Sept. 2, on the interstate and local roads, AAA warns drivers to be patient. The day after Labor Day is nicknamed "Terrible Traffic Tuesday" because there's heavier traffic than usual.

Officers advise to build in extra time to your travel schedule.


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