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Seventy-five Virginia (VA) State Police officers will be patrolling the commonwealth’s highways this Thanksgiving. Near the top of the list they will have for stopping motorists traveling to and from holiday meals, Black Friday sales and is failing to wear seat belts.

Statistics released to Virginia newspapers on Nov. 24 indicate that 12 motorists died in accidents on Virginia roads during Thanksgiving 2008. Nine of those people were not wearing seat belts.

Virginia’s seat belt laws cover drivers and all front-seat passengers. Also, children younger than seven years of age must be properly restrained in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats in the back seat of a moving car, truck or van.

Locally, the Daily Press is reporting the Newport News police will be out in force between Wednesday and Monday and also that AAA is projecting that 970,000 cars will hit the road throughout Virginia this long weekend.

Drive safe, buckle up and have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, whose attorneys work out of offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

EJL

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