DELBARTON – The Delbarton Police Department will be having a Distracted Driving Blitz from Dec. 1 through 15 in the city of Delbarton to promote safe driving.
The Distracted Driving Blitz is being sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP). The West Virginia Department of Transportation explains the GHSP as, “the lead agency for W.Va.’s participation in federally mandated and funded highway safety improvement measures. The purpose of GHSP is to encourage promote and support highway safety throughout West Virginia.”
GHSP partners with other organizations to ensure success. The W.Va. Department of Transportation states that “The GHSP cannot carry out its mission alone. Focused dedication to the problematic areas of Occupant Protection, Impaired Driving, Community Traffic Safety, Traffic Records, and Underage Alcohol has been the direct result of the help provided by countless community volunteers, organizations and advocacy groups.”
According to distraction.gov, W.Va. state law bans use of hand-held devices such as cellular telephones and texting for drivers of all ages.
Earl Spence, Delbarton Police Chief, explained distracted driving as anything that distracts drivers while driving such as cell phones, texting or eating while driving.
Spence said that during this time, officers will also be stopping for “any and all violations,” not just distracted driving. Officers will be writing citations for any sort of violation such as proper child restraints, inspection stickers, proper use of seat-belts and speeding in a school zone. “We are checking for everything,” Spence said.
“We will be out in full force,” Spence said. “I want to give people the opportunity to get their insurance papers, and proof of registrations in their vehicle to avoid citations during the holiday season. Hopefully, everyone will have their paperwork together in their vehicle,” Spence continued.
Spence explained that officer’s will be working overtime during the Distracted Driving Blitz. “We are doing it during this time to help our officers get extra time in through the holidays. We are also doing it during this time to help keep people safe during the busy holiday season,” Spence explained.
For more information about the GHSP, visit www.transportation.wv.gov.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)