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Virginia 11 closed in both directions after crash

As with so many things in life, experience is key when it comes to safe driving. When teenagers are behind the wheel, lack of experience, poor judgment, or both can lead to an auto crash. This month in Botetourt County, Virginia, a teen driving a Honda SUV became involved in a car accident that wound up temporarily closing both lanes of Virginia 11 while crews reviewed the scene.

Six vehicles collide in deadly Stafford County crash

An investigation is ongoing into a fatal wreck that recently took place in Stafford County, one which claimed the life of a Virginia woman. The accident, which took place on July 14 on Route 17, involved a total of six vehicles, one fatality, and two people left injured. These types of numbers often add up to tragedy for the surviving victims of fatal car accidents, and this case was no exception.

New rules aimed at curbing truck driver fatigue

As a region nestled within the busy corridors of the mid-Atlantic, northern Virginia has long served as a hub for transportation. Commuters in the Manassas area are used to driving alongside large semi trucks as they go about their daily business. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, though, the presence of these massive vehicles on the roads can sometimes prove highly dangerous. The DOT reports that over 3,000 people lose their lives each year as a result of either a truck accident or a bus crash. The DOT also reports that 13 percent of those fatalities were a result of truck driver fatigue.

Fredericksburg woman loses life in fatal I-95 accident

A 48-year-old Virginia woman is dead following an accident that clogged-up traffic for several hours in Caroline County last month. On June 26, a little after 1:00 a.m., a woman driving a BMW X-5 somehow started traveling the wrong way, with her large SUV heading south in the northbound lanes. The 51-year-old Maryland woman's car swiped a Nissan Sentra heading north, leaving one woman dead and four others injured.

Virginia seeks to increase penalties against drunk drivers

The start of July will herald more than just the usual summertime activities throughout Virginia this year. Starting on July 1, the state will crack down on repeat drunk driving offenders. Lawmakers have designated some repeat DUI offenses as felonies, and those convicted will have to serve a mandatory sentence in jail.

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