Vacation trips can lead to dangerous roads in Virginia

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Virginia is the most dangerous state for driving on the 4th of July per capita, according to a new study by auto insurance savings app Jerry.

As of Tuesday morning, AAA expects 1.2 million Virginians to hit the road for the July 4 holiday trip.

According to the DMV, from July 1 to July 5 of last year, Harrisonburg had 11 crashes with four injuries, Augusta County had seven crashes with one injured, and Rockingham County had 17 crashes. and 17 wounded.

Staunton Police Department Sgt. Butch Shifflett said he will increase patrols during July 4 celebrations and downtown.

“We have increased patrols with all of this with additional bike patrol officers and so we will have bike patrol in the park as well as downtown for the weekend and for the 4th of July event,” said Sgt. said Shifflet.

With warm weather expected in the valley this holiday weekend, Sgt. Shifflett wants to remind people of the importance of staying hydrated.

“It’s hot outside so everyone gets dehydrated to start with and anytime there’s alcohol or whatever else you know everyone’s already dehydrated,” said Sgt. said Shifflet.

Along with staying hydrated, Shifflett asks if you plan to drink, don’t drive.

“Reminding people not to drink and drive, if you’re drinking, call for a ride. I mean there are many rideshare apps available and other apps like Uber and Lyft that work in City of Staunton so I would just like to remind citizens not to drink and drive and use those resources if possible or a designated driver, phone a friend, something,” Sgt. Shifflet said.

He asks drivers to exercise caution when driving, especially on back roads near Gypsy Hill Park on July 4 before and after the fireworks.

He said to be patient with crowds, law enforcement and other drivers.

Regarding vacation trips to Staunton, Sgt. Shifflett said Thornrose Ave will be closed the morning of July 4 for the parade, but no further closures are expected to impact travel.

In a statement sent today by the Virginia State Police, they said VSP would increase patrols from Friday July 1 through July 4 as part of their Accident Awareness Reduction (CARE) effort.

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