SOUTH CHARLESTON — Occasionally, the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) conducts statewide driving under the influence (DUI) Blitz campaigns in the interest of highway safety. Such was the case from March 1, 2013, through March 3. This blitz was made possible by federal grant money received through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
The following activity was reported as a result of the 3 day blitz conducted by the WVSP:
Actual traffic citations issued totaled 352; 1,767 warning traffic citations were issued; 67 DUI arrests were reported; 91 misdemeanor arrests; 54 felony arrests; 23 arrested for driving on a revoked license for reasons of DUI; and 53 citations were issued for driving suspended. Two fugitives from justice were also apprehended.
“It is disheartening to see 67 DUI arrests across the state during one weekend. Obviously some motorists are not getting the message that driving under the influence has negative consequences. Ideally, we would like to conduct such a blitz and see no arrests for driving under the influence. Until that happens, we must continue to educate the public on the hazards of such reckless behavior,” stated Colonel C. R. “Jay” Smithers in a news release.