Older drivers in Virginia may be more likely to get distracted by the technology features available in their vehicles. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah found that older drivers take longer to complete tasks such as changing a radio station. On average, drivers 55 and older took 8 seconds longer to complete such tasks compared to those aged 36 and younger. This is in spite of the fact that these tools are intended to help all drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.
People in poverty in Virginia dealing with the criminal justice system may find themselves further mired in economic disadvantage as a result. Many policies adopted by state and local officials across the country tend to systematically impact poor and marginalized people far more significantly than those of greater means. In particular, many areas rely on court fees and fines to balance the municipal budget. When people cannot pay these fees, the escalating consequences can severely affect people's lives. For example, people face even more costly fees, a damaged credit score or even jail time as a result.
Summer always seems to be a bad time for drunk driving in Virginia and elsewhere around the country. On an average summer day in the US, 26 people are killed in DUI-related crashes. It gets worse on the major holidays, though. For example, during the Independence Day weekend in 2017, 184 people died in DUI crashes. In a comparable period of four or five days in the summer, that number came to around 117.