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RICHMOND -- Eight people lost their lives in eight traffic crashes across the Commonwealth, according to preliminary reports for the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.

Virginia State Police troopers stopped 13,829 speeders and another 3,136 reckless drivers statewide. In addition, troopers arrested and charged 142 drivers for DUI. Troopers also cited 1,241 safety belt violations and 340 child safety seat violations. State police investigated a total of 463 traffic crashes.

The eight fatalities occurred in the counties of Brunswick, Charles City, Cumberland, Giles, Hanover, Northumberland, Scott and Spotsylvania. Of the eight individuals killed, seven were not safely buckled up, officials said.

'Our figures indicate there were 10 fewer traffic crashes this Memorial Day Weekend compared to 2013, which is encouraging considering the forecasts for record travel volume over the holiday. However, more than 140 individuals still chose to drive impaired, several thousand chose to speed, and more than 1,200 failed to buckle up,' said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, nine people also died in traffic crashes statewide. In 2012, 11 individuals lost their lives over the four-day holiday reporting period.

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