Speeders and Texters Targeted During Hal Greer Traffic Blitz

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Most people know that sinking feeling when you see police lights in your rearview mirror, but police say it's nothing compared to the pain many have felt in dozens of crashes recently on one of Huntington’s busier streets.

State Police say there’ve been about 30 car wrecks on Hal Greer Boulevard in the past five months.

Most of them were caused by speeding or texting while driving, Sgt. Greg Losh says.

In an effort to crack down on the trend, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. State Troopers and Huntington police held a traffic blitz, catching speeders with radar guns and watching for drivers texting on the road.

Losh says they wanted to do this following similar traffic blitzes they did recently on I-64.

They ended up giving out 46 warnings and 22 speeding citations, and five people were pulled over for cell phone violations, Losh says.

They say speeding is especially bad on Hal Greer because people are getting on and off the interstate, and drivers coming from Route 10 accelerate after getting through the long, windy section farther south.

With Huntington High and Meadows Elementary right off Hal Greer and kids going back to school in a few weeks, Losh says this is a good time to try to get people to be safer on the road.

"We want to get that in people's minds, that you got school in session, a lot of cars are out, so pay attention to what you're doing out here," Losh said.

They clocked one driver going 70 in a 45 mph zone.

During the traffic blitz, State Police also made two arrests for misdemeanors and recovered a stolen car.

They plan on doing a similar blitz on Route 2 in a few weeks.

Texting while driving became illegal in West Virginia earlier this month.

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