More than 80 local police agencies, as well as the Virginia State Police, will be on heightened alert over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend when, due to the closure of many schools and businesses on Monday, families tend to travel. Law enforcement agencies in neighboring states are increasing patrols as well. Throughout 2017 in our region, which includes Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Columbus Day marked the second-highest total of fatal crashes among all holidays, trailing only Independence Day. In Virginia, Columbus Day weekend was the second deadliest compared to the other holidays on which traffic fatalities are recorded from Friday through Monday: 13 people died and 734 were injured during
Columbus Day weekend in 2018, compared to six traffic fatalities over New Year’s Eve weekend, 11 deaths across Memorial Day weekend, and 14 on Labor Day weekend, the only other four-day holiday with more traffic deaths.