Virginia State Police and seven additional state police and highway patrol agencies issued 3,017 summonses in 'Operation Border to Border'
State Police said they were among eight state police and highway patrol agencies that spend Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11 enforcing Operation Border to Border along 791 miles of U.S. Route 15 and 124 miles of U.S. Route 17 in an effort to prevent traffic crashes along the heavily-traveled corridor. State Police said the coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative resulted in 3,017 total summonses and arrests among the seven states. There were also zero fatal traffic crashes along either highway corridor during the enforcement effort. State troopers from Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia worked together by conducting saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, commercial vehicle inspections and other enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic crashes and combat criminal behavior along the non-interstate highways. Virginia State Police said 835 of those summonses and arrests came from our state in the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, Warren, Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Prince Edward, Charlotte and Halifax. “Once again, the Virginia State Police was proud to partner with fellow state police and highway patrol agencies with the common goal of saving lives along the Route 15 and Route 17 corridors,” said 1st Sgt. A.D. Blankenship, Area Commander of the Virginia State Police in Loudoun County. “Taking 25 drunken drivers off the highway, slowing down almost 1,300 speeders and buckling up more than 470 children and adults translates into countless lives saved. And, that’s what this initiative is all about – getting the public to recognize the importance of driving to save lives through such proactive actions as buckling up, driving free of distractions, complying with posted speed limits and never driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.” Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.
State Troopers to begin patrolling St. Louis interstates, freeing up police for violent crime
Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will soon be patrolling interstates in St. Louis as part of a 90-day pilot program to free up city police officers to focus on violent crime. Between 20 and 30 troopers will be assigned to the special detail, which will focus on the stretches of Interstates 55 and 70 that fall within the city limits, said Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Juston Wheetley. About eight troopers will be on each shift. The troopers also will be available to back up city police officers if they’re ever in need of assistance, but their primary focus will be traffic enforcement, Wheetley said. “There’s a lot of violent crime in that area, and we will be aggressively enforcing all traffic and hazardous movement to free up city officers to focus on the violent crime in those areas,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to partnering with the city and assisting them in any role that we can.” Troopers were originally scheduled to begin patrolling the interstates this week, but the plan was postponed as leaders continue to “work out some details,” Wheetley said. Troopers are now set to begin patrolling in the city in early July, he said.
California Highway Patrol officer rescues baby deer
A California highway patrol officer came to the rescue of a baby deer stuck in a freeway drain during a thunderstorm. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Fisher says he was driving on Interstate 80 near Truckee Monday when he spotted the fawn sticking its little head out of rushing water. Fisher says he freed the deer's left back leg from the drainage ditch, placed it on the side of the road and waited for its mother to show up. When the mother did not show, Fisher wrapped the fawn in his sergeant's jacket, put it in his patrol car and drove it to a veterinary. A veterinarian treated the deer for water in her lungs and hypothermia. Fisher says the deer, named "Star," is doing well and will be taken to an animal sanctuary in Lake Tahoe.
State Patrol to target left lane "campers"
Washington State Patrol announced (WSP) troopers will be conducting a “statewide focus of effort” to address left lane violators on multiple lane roadways between June 20th and 22nd. According to a recent announcement, this is in response to numerous requests WSP has received about left lane “campers” throughout Washington. RCW 46.61.100 requires all vehicles to keep right except when passing on multiple lane roadways. Left lane “campers” refers to drivers who remain in the passing lane (left lane) for long periods of time without passing. The WSP said in their announcement left lane camping can lead to road rage, aggressive driving, traffic congestion, and collisions. Getting caught camping in the left lane can result in a $136 ticket. Last year, the WSP reports they contacted 16,453 left lane violators.