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‘Targeted enforcement’ coming after big rigs keep crashing on West Virginia roadway


A West Virginia lawmaker says that he has asked for amped up law enforcement patrols on a Putnam County roadway after multiple semi truck rollovers.

Senator Glenn Jeffries says that he has requested “targeted enforcement” patrols on Route 35 in Putnam County after two tractor trailers crashed in the same location just hours apart Sunday night and early into Monday morning.

The Sunday night crash left the truck driver with serious injuries.

As part of the targeted enforcement effort, Jeffries says that there will be no warnings issued — only citations.

Police say that many of the Route 35 crashes are a result of trucks taking the curves too fast. Putnam County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Eric Hayzlett told WSAZ, “Pretty much any accident down there for the most part involving tractor-trailers is speed-related.”

Jeffries says that he has contacted the West Virginia Department of Transportation for additional funding to pay for the patrols until the new Route 35 opens.

Jeffries has also asked for a weekly summary of traffic violations in the area.


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