Whitesburg KY

‘Truck cops’ keep all their focus on automobiles here

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers are continuing to target everyday citizens in Letcher County.

Within the last nine days, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) officers electronically submitted more than 100 traffic citations to the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s office.

The majority of the citations noted failure to wear seatbelts. Some speeding tickets were also issued. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s participation in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began May 18, may be the reason for the bulk of the seatbelt citations.

CVE officers issued 107 e-citations from May 18 through May 26. A Kentucky State Police trooper issued two of the traffic citations and one was issued by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. The majority of the tickets were written to drivers traveling along US 119 in the Mayking area, while some tickets were issued along KY 805 in the Kona area.

CVE officers issued 90 tickets traffic citations in Letcher County May 2 through May 6. A majority of the tickets were issued on U.S. 119 in the Mayking area, but some were written to drivers in Linefork and other more rural areas of the county.

The Click It or Ticket campaign raises awareness among drivers about the importance of wearing seatbelts and having children in appropriate safety restraints. Impaired driving enforcement is also a focus of the highway safety campaign.

The Highway Safety Office is partnering with the Kentucky State Police, Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office, Whitesburg City Police, Jenkins City Police and Fleming-Neon Police to increase patrols and conduct traffic safety checks.

Law enforcement agencies from Wise County, Va., and Letcher County joined forces Saturday night to have a traffic checkpoint near the Kentucky/Virginia border from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m.

The targeted enforcement campaigns are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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