The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 5, 2013

Seatbelt checkpoint yields no seatbelt citations


— The Beckley Police Department conducted a seatbelt checkpoint Tuesday evening on South Fayette Street near Beaver Avenue.

The checkpoint was conducted in an effort to increase the seatbelt usage rate and bring awareness to the impending changes making lack of seat belt usage a primary offense in West Virginia beginning July 9.

As a result of the checkpoint, officers with the Beckley PD and K-9 Ciro made five drug arrests and seized 96 grams of marijuana, crack cocaine, and $1,500 in cash.

Officers also issued 25 traffic citations; four of those citations were violations of the West Virginia child passenger safety law.

No citations were issued for seatbelt violations.

Instead, officers were distributing information to the motoring public in an effort to increase awareness of the new seatbelt and distracted driving laws taking effect this month.

The checkpoint was funded by the West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program.

“The Beckley Police Department will continue to utilize highway safety funded checkpoints to crack down on impaired driving, violations of our traffic safety laws, and increase awareness for safe driving habits in an effort to make our roadways safer,” a press release stated.