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Va. Labor Day weekend traffic fatalities decline

Wednesday - 9/5/2012, 7:25am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say fewer people were killed on the state's highways this Labor Day weekend than the same holiday weekend the last three years.

Six people died in traffic crashes between 12:01 a.m. Friday and midnight Monday. Sixteen were killed the previous Labor Day weekend. Thirteen died during the 2010 and 2009 holiday periods.

This year's fatalities occurred in Bedford, Fauquier, Rockingham, Russell and Stafford counties and the city of Hampton. The Rockingham victim was a pedestrian, and the fatality in Hampton involved a motorcycle. The other four were not wearing seat belts, and alcohol was a factor in at least one of the crashes.

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