West Virginia State Police Step Up Patrols During the Holidays

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- No matter where you are headed between now and the beginning of the new year, expect to see extra police out on the road.

West Virginia State Police say they are beefing up patrols.

They will be watching for distracted driving.

Troopers say they will also be looking for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"Our Director of Traffic came up with a very targeted approach to DUIs this year," West Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said. "It focuses on areas where we saw more DUIs and more fatalities and try and distribute the overtime money based on a lot of that information."

The number of fatal accidents are down this year in West Virginia.

At this point, troopers say there have been 40 fewer people killed in crashes compared with last year.


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