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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Virginia traffic deaths decline

By Washington Post Editors

Traffic fatalities in Virginia will set a record low in 2010, according to commonwealth data.

As of Thursday, morning 715 traffic deaths had been reported statewide, compared to 750 in the same period last year and 1,026 in 2007, which set a record high, state officials said.

"Every traffic death has a tragic impact on family members, friends and co-workers," Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said in announcing the numbers. "It is my hope that Virginia's safety partners and drivers will continue to work together to further this positive trend throughout 2011."

Officials said the 715 fatalities in 2010 is the lowest number of traffic-related deaths since the state began recording the information in 1966.

Earlier this year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that highway deaths in the United States had reached the lowest point since 1950.

That's no reason to be complacent, though, officials said.

"We must remain vigilant on our roadways since there's no such thing as an 'acceptable' number of traffic deaths, except zero," said Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 30, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Transportation News, Virginia  
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