Posted on Jul 19, 2011
Holiday weekends seem to be known for an increase in DUIs, drunk driving crashes and fatalities throughout this nation. This past Fourth of July holiday weekend in Virginia proved to be no different. In fact, police indicated that traffic deaths doubled compared to the same weekend last year.

Virginia State Police reported that there were six fatalities in 2010 during the four-day holiday traveling weekend, compared to 13 deaths in 2011 during this same weekend period.

The deaths occurred in Portsmouth, Chesterfield, Campbell, Accomack, Fairfax, Henrico, Alleghany, Albemarle and Prince Edward counties. Police indicated that four of these traffic fatalities were alcohol-related.

Virginia State Police warned motorists prior to the Fourth of July that they would have more troopers traveling Virginia's highways this holiday as part of their annual Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (Operation CARE).

They arrested 117 people for DUI in Virginia during the 2011 holiday weekend period, compared to 152 arrests made in 2010.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Virginia, call an experienced Northern Virginia DUI defense lawyer at the Wilson Law Firm regarding your case at (703) 361-6100 for a free legal consultation.