By Matt McCleskey
Virginia State Police says 75 percent of its uniformed workforce will be on patrol from just after midnight Tuesday through midnight on Sunday for the Thanksgiving weekend.
State Troopers will again this year be participating in a nationwide campaign designed to reduce crashes, fatalities, and injuries. Over the Thanksgiving weekend last year, 16 people died in traffic crashes around Virginia. Over the same five-day span, troopers issued more than 10,000 citations for speeding, more then 2,600 for reckless driving and nearly 900 seat belt violations.
Maryland State Police will also be ratcheting up their enforcement effort over the holiday. In addition to watching out for speeders and aggressive drivers, troopers will also be focused on rapid response to incidents that could cause delays and will be providing assistance to people whose cars break down or otherwise become disabled.