Police: 45 charges in 4 hours following highway safety initiative in Warwood
OHIO COUNTY, W. Va. —
This week, Wheeling Police paid special attention to drivers in Warwood following a spike in crashes, specifically noticed on Route 2.
"Our crime analyst did a traffic study in the Warwood area and we noted that crashes in the Warwood area were significantly higher in the month of July than in previous months,” said Wheeling Public Information Officer Philip Stahl.
To find out why, Wheeling Police did a highway safety initiative.
They patrolled heavily during the common hours and day for those crashes: between 2 and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
It resulted in 45 charges in just four hours. Thirty-three of them were seatbelt violations. Others included cell phone violations and improper registrations.
"We also took the citizens' concerns into consideration as well. We've heard about these things at our crime watch meetings. We've received phone calls. We are listening and we're out there,” Stahl said.
While this study was done in Warwood, the same initiative will be done in other areas of the city.
Stahl advises to be aware of the dangers that come with distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt, and to obey traffic laws to make the roadways safer.
"Put your seatbelt on, put your phones down, don't text and reduce your speed,” he said.
Stahl said they will continue to increase police presence in the Warwood area into the fall season.