State Police to step up enforcement over busy holiday travel period

CHARLESTON, W.Va.¬†—¬†With a busy travel weekend expected on interstates throughout the Mountain State, West Virginia State Police will be stepping up enforcement to ensure a safe Thanksgiving.

State Police Spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said it’s about trying to ensure a safe holiday.

“We do the best we can with the amount of troopers we have out here on the roadway. Especially on the holidays we try to run extra patrols,” Baylous said. ‘So we will be out on the holidays, Thanksgiving especially.”

He said they’d be watching for any reckless or impaired driving that could create a hard time for people trying to get to their Turkey Day destinations. He had a few tips for motorists during the busy travel time.

“The biggest piece of advice I can give everybody is to use common sense out here on the roadways,” he said. “Second piece of advice I would give is to be patient. Realize there are people from other states traveling through who may not be familiar with the roadway. They might cut over or in front of you not meaning to; but be patient with people.”

He also heavily recommended observant, alert driving, as well as staying off the roads if having consumed any alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs.

“The biggest thing it comes back to is use common sense,” Baylous said. “We don’t want anybody out here seriously injured or killed anytime, but especially not over a holiday weekend on the way to visit their family and have good times.”

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