Ensuring safe holiday travel


State Police schedule checkpoints in the Coalfields

By Owen Wells - [email protected]



In December 2015, Time magazine estimated a recording breaking holiday travel season with more than 100 million Americans traveling between Dec 23, 2015 and Jan. 3, 2016.

In the face of the possibilities for such high travel volume this Christmas season, authorities have scheduled a series of checkpoints throughout the coalfields.

Logan County Families visiting relatives throughout the coalfields this Christmas season can expect an increased police presence.

In Lincoln County, the West Virginia State Police will be conducting a sobriety check point at 6 p.m. December 15 at Branchland, W.Va.

West Hamlin along State Rt. 10 in West Hamlin, W.Va. has been designated as an alternate checkpoint site.

First Sergeant M. J. DiVita at the Hamlin Detachment of the West Virginia State Police can be contacting concerning the Lincoln County checkpoint at 304-824-3101

The state police will also conduct a checkpoint on State Rt. 85 in Danville, W.Va. at 6 p.m. December 22.

The alternate checkpoint site for the December 22 checkpoint is US Rt. 119 near Madison.

The focus of the checkpoints is DUI enforcement, however, a press release from the WVSP states other enforcement activities could be conducted focusing on reckless driving, speeding and seatbelt violations.

The release also notes, “The West Virginia State Police encourages the public to use the State Police *SP (*77) system to report drunk drivers, reckless driving, stranded motorists, and criminal violations. By dialing *SP on a hands free cellular device, motorists can contact the nearest State Police Detachment.”

State Police schedule checkpoints in the Coalfields

By Owen Wells

[email protected]

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