Workers in the Letcher Circuit and District Court Clerk’s Office had their hands full early this week and last after police — mostly state Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers — issued 161 traffic citations.
Officers with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, now a division of Kentucky State Police, normally place special emphasis on commercial truck weight and safety, but last week they teamed up to target everyday motorists on U.S. 119 between Mayking and Payne Gap.
A large number of citations were issued for the driver or occupant of a vehicle not wearing a seatbelt. Other citations were issued for speeding more than 10 miles per hour over the limit, expired license plates, failure to have liability insurance, and failure to have a driver’s license in possession.
One-hundred thirty-seven of the tickets were issued between August 25 and August 29, when they were submitted to the clerk’s office for filing.
At least 24 other traffic citations were issued over the Labor Day weekend. State and local police participated in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that began in mid-August in Kentucky and Ohio and ended on Labor Day.