The Times West Virginian

July 4, 2013

Law enforcement focuses on highways

‘If you’ve never had to deliver a death message, you’re very fortunate’

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Fourth of July is one of the most highly traveled holidays of the year.

The days leading up to and following Independence Day are filled with travelers making their way across state lines to enjoy a weekend with family.

And law enforcement will have their eyes on the road.

“Law enforcement don’t take the day off for scheduled holidays,” said Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter.

“We’ve been hitting highway safety really hard this year,” said 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police.

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