Police Launch Traffic Sting on Major Highways

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police say they've increased patrol efforts on all major highways around Charleston as part of a targeted effort to spot dangerous driving.

"We're trying to find a way to decrease overall crashes," Sgt. Michael Simpson said. "[Drivers] are in a rush to get to work or school, and they're doing things they shouldn't be doing."

Police say their heightened presence on the interstates is meant to catch aggressive and distracted drivers. They say drivers have been caught doing everything from eating, to reading, to putting on makeup behind the wheel -- along with the dangerous habit of texting.

If you think you're being sneaky, Simpson says you should think again. He says distracted drivers display obvious signs.

"They'll fail to maintain their lane and they'll go either slower or faster," Simpson said. "Sometimes you can see them in their cars as they pass you."

Troopers say they increased patrols around the interstates last year and were met with promising results. They say no deadly crashes occurred on I-64 in 2012, and the overall number of accidents decreased.

Now, they're amplifying their efforts to try and continue that trend and see even more improvement.

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