While Halifax County saw two more vehicle crashes in 2020 than in 2019, there were less than half the amount of fatalities, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles data.
According to the online data, there were 508 crashes reported in 2020 that resulted in 226 injuries and three fatalities.
2013 was the last year that the county witnessed three fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes, according to the DMV’s database.
Meanwhile in 2019, there were 502 crashes reported that resulted in 294 injuries and nine fatalities. The online data also show eight fatalities resulted from vehicle crashes in 2018.
Of the fatalities in the county in 2020, online data says all three fatalities involved an unrestrained person; two were speed related and one involved alcohol.
Crash data on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ website also says 55 of the vehicle crashes reported in the county in 2020 were alcohol related, 55 involved a distraction and 99 involved speeding.
A total of 32 vehicle crashes in the county in 2020 involved an unrestrained person, according to the online data, and one involved a pedestrian while two involved a bicyclist and seven involved motorcycles.
According to the online data, five of this year’s vehicle crashes in the county took place in a school zone and four occurred in a work zone.
Most of the reported vehicle crashes this year occurred in October. Online data shows 69 crashes occurred that month that resulted in 11 injuries. August saw the second most crashes in the county with 50 that resulted in one fatality and 31 injuries.
On the other hand, December saw the fewest vehicle crashes in the county with only 16. Of those 16 crashes, six resulted in injuries. There were only 26 crashes in April and only 32 in November.
In contrast, in 2019, there were 52 vehicle crashes reported in the county in December – the month that saw the most crashes that year.
In 2018, the most vehicle crashes in the county also occurred in October with 57.
The online database for the DMV dates back to Jan. 2010, and since that time, the only other year that saw three fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes was 2013.
According to the database, there were 10 fatal accidents in the county in 2010, nine in 2011, seven in 2012, eight in 2014, nine in 2015, 11 in 2016 and nine in 2017.
Since 2010, the county has never seen this few reported vehicle crashes in November and December.