Va. sees fewest holiday traffic deaths since ’92

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, a sign alerts travelers to expect holiday traffic at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. During the long 2014 holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say the state recorded its smallest number of Thanksgiving weekend traffic fatalities in more than two decades.

Five people died during the holiday reporting period, which began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. That’s the fewest since five fatalities were recorded in 1992.

The number was down from 12 last year.

According to state police, this year’s fatalities occurred in the cities of Radford and Virginia Beach and the counties of Bedford, Middlesex and Roanoke. Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the deaths, and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

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