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State Police arrest two during safety blitz

May. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia State Police troopers were focused on a busy stretch of Interstate 64 Wednesday evening during the agency's first speed enforcement blitz this year.

Two people were arrested, and troopers recovered heroin, marijuana and stolen property from vehicles between the Milton and Huntington Mall exits during the four-hour blitz, Sgt. G.N. Losh said.

The eight troopers from the Huntington detachment involved in the blitz also issued 39 warnings, 24 citations and six misdemeanor citations in what Losh called a "no man's land" stretch of I-64.

"It's when people are coming in and out of populated areas that they tend to travel at high rates of speed," Losh said. "We want people to know we take seriously the safety of them traveling on these roads. We're not out to pick on people and write a bunch of tickets. We just want to keep people aware of their driving habits."

The fastest rate of speed troopers clocked during the blitz was 96 mph. The speed limit on that stretch of the interstate is 70 mph.

"When people wreck going that fast, that is what kills people," Losh said. "We can't go everywhere, but we try to look at the statistics and go with the flow of where we are getting the most complaints and seeing the most wrecks. Everyone complains about the interstate."

Losh said he is planning more blitzes throughout the summer, but he said he has not made a decision on where they will take place.