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State police issue 38 citations in traffic blitz

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 06:56 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A little bit of wet weather wasn't enough to stop troopers from the West Virginia State Police detachment in Huntington from executing a traffic enforcement blitz Wednesday afternoon.

Troopers issued a total of 38 citations for mostly traffic violations during the blitz, which took place between noon and 4 p.m. along I-64 between the Milton and Huntington Mall exits, said Sgt. Greg Losh.

"From the Milton exit, you get near the mall area, Barboursville and these other highly populated areas, and that is where you start to get into congested traffic," said Losh. "We want people to make sure they travel the speed limit when they are travelling in those areas, and the best way to slow them down is to get to them prior to the accidents and let them see us out there enforcing the law."

One man was arrested on misdemeanor charges following a background check, and another person was charged for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Fourteen people were issued warnings for speeding, 13 people received miscellaneous warnings and one person was cited for following another vehicle too closely, said Losh.

Troopers also issued two seatbelt and cell phone warnings during the blitz.

Losh said the trooper issued fewer citations than during a normal blitz, which he said likely had to do with a combination of the rainy weather and the trooper's presence.

"I think it went well, and we are accomplishing our goals," said Losh. "We like to see a decrease in violations, and we like to see people slowing down, especially today in the inclement weather, people were trying to be extra cautious."



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