HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - The death toll for Memorial Day traffic fatalities in Virginia is down.
The statistic for traffic deaths during the holiday weekend this year is at a four year low, according to Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police. Seven people died in interstate crashes across the state.
One of the seven deaths happened in Newport News and involved a pedestrian.
"Experiencing a decrease in traffic deaths over this past holiday weekend is definitely encouraging," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent in a press release. "But a greater challenge lies ahead -- keeping traffic crashes and deaths at a minimum as we head into the summer travel months."
Virginia State Police also issued nearly 12 thousand speeding tickets, more than 25 hundred reckless driving citations, and 137 DUIs.
Three of the deaths involved persons not wearing their seatbelts, and there were more than one-thousand drivers caught not wearing their seatbelts and ticketed.
"To save lives on our interstates, motorists must commit to buckling up, complying with speed limits, avoiding distractions and never driving impaired," Flaherty said in the release.
Newport News police officers are in the middle of a massive operation to get wanted criminals out of the neighborhoods. They are rounding up everyone who has an outstanding warrant.
Hampton Roads Transit customers could see higher fares to ride the bus, light rail and ferry.
Running a red light could cost you a hefty fine, even if an officer doesn't pull you over. Cameras are going up at intersections across Hampton Roads, and the most recent went live Monday in downtown Norfolk.