Virginia DMV sees spike in unbelted fatalities, speed-related crashes in 2020

Despite fewer estimated vehicle miles traveled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is seeing an increase in unbelted fatalities on the commonwealth’s roadways.

According to a Monday release, nearly 10% more people have been killed in crashes this year while not wearing a seat belt. By this time last year, 258 people had died but this year that number has gone up to 283.

John Saunders has been with the DMV for almost two decades. He serves as Director for the Virginia Highway Safety Office, which has seen a statewide and nationwide increase in the number of speed-related crashes in 2020.