VDOT says DUI laws, seatbelt enforcement and safer roads are keeping fatalities down
By Landmark News Service
Monday, October 29, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated: October 29, 6:00 am)
In 2007, the number of people who died on Virginia roads surpassed 1,000 for the first time in nearly two decades.
That grim toll marked a turning point. Traffic fatalities statewide have exceeded 800 only one year since.
Safety advocates point to a multitude of changes and trends in explaining the drop. Among them: stricter licensing for young drivers, anti-DUI laws, educational and law enforcement campaigns, increased seat belt use, safer roads and better vehicles.
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