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Big start to summer despite conditions

SoVaNow.com / May 31, 2017


The Memorial Day holiday weekend drew a horde of visitors to Mecklenburg County to mark the traditional start of the summer tourist season.

Occoneechee State Park boasted full cabins and camping all weekend, with 4,297 visitors using the state park’s day use areas and 932 overnight residents.

“Everywhere was full,” said Park Manager Scott Shanklin. “It wasn’t the biggest weekend to date, mostly because of the threat of bad weather, and the lake conditions weren’t the most ideal, due to some floating debris. But there were certainly a lot of folks.”

In other news, Virginia State Police reported zero fatalities over the holiday weekend in both Mecklenburg and Lunenburg counties, according to 1st Sgt. Sid Leslie.

According to Leslie, state troopers issued 334 summons over the weekend and made two DUI arrests.

The total number of accidents in both Southside counties added up to seven crashes: two personal injury accidents and one crash that caused property damage happened on Interstate 85, while three personal property crashes and one personal injury crash occurred somewhere other than the interstate.

Leslie said the low crash totals speak to the success of statewide programs like Move Over, a law put in place to protect highway workers and public safety professionals, as well as the Click It Or Ticket campaign.

Virginia State Police increased patrols by 1,000 miles compared to last year’s numbers, spanning a full 3,000 miles in both Mecklenburg and Lunenburg counties. Leslie praised fellow troopers for their redoubled efforts to enforce traffic safety, as well as preparing for the holiday weekend.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office reported 15 speeding tickets and one DUI.

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