Officers Issue 400+ Traffic Tickets

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

Charleston Police were out in full force over the holiday weekend, arresting more than a dozen for DUI and drugs.

According to a news release from the Charleston Police department, officers checked more than 14,000 vehicles. Sixteen people were charged with DUI, two were arrested on drug charges, and more than 400 traffic citations were issued.

During a checkpoint in Kanawha City Monday night, officers arrested seven people alone for driving under the influence.

Sergeant Shawn Williams says the effort was launched because more drivers do not wear their seatbelts at night.

"The risk of a fatal crash increases during the nighttime hours, and wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes," said Williams.

Seatbelt violations are only a secondary offense in West Virginia, so you can't be pulled over solely for not wearing your seatbelt. Officers say anyone caught making a traffic violation who is not wearing a seltbelt will be cited during this wave of enforcement.

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