By Frank Lewis and Portia Williams
While you were enjoying the Labor Day holiday, many law enforcement agents redoubled their efforts to try to keep incidents to a minimum and thus save lives.
“For that period we had two injury crashes. We made four OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs) arrests. We had 447 enforcement stops. We issued 71 seat belt citations. We made 639 traffic stops. We had 24 citations for aggressive driving and that encompasses a lot of different things,” Lt. M.L. Gore, Commander of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. “We had four felony arrests, one misdemeanor arrest, one felony warrant and three misdemeanor warrants.”
Gore said some of the troopers were on overtime while others were working their regular shifts.
“We had a busy weekend,” Gore said. “The whole district did.”
Gore said the Jackson District of OSHP encompasses Scioto, Jackson, Pike, Ross, Vinton, Gallia, Lawrence, Meigs, Athens, Hocking and Washington counties.
“There was a total of 4,016 enforcement contacts. We handled 89 crashes, had 72 OVI arrests, 189 driving under suspension (DUS) stops, 231 aggressive driving stops, 596 seat belt arrests and we had 14 felony arrests,” Gore said. “There were nine felony warrants, 20 misdemeanor warrants. We made 30 drug arrests and had one identity theft arrest.”
Across the river, Kentucky State Police from Post 14 in Ashland, Ky., were also out in force over the holiday weekend.
Captain James Stephens, Post Commander of KSP 14, said his agency — which covers Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence counties — seized 60 grams of heroin bust in a Boyd County traffic stop.
“The biggest thing that we had this weekend was a pretty good size bust on heroin in Boyd County from a traffic stop. We are not just out there looking for the impaired drivers, obviously. When we are out there looking for them, we do come across other criminal activity,” Stephens said. “On the 29th (August), we made a traffic stop and seized approximately 60 grams of heroin. So that is one thing that we were really successful with this weekend.
According to Stephens, the heroin which his department seized had a street value of approximately $24,000.
“The thing that we often do, a lot of people don’t often see it behind the scenes, they just think we’re doing a traffic stop, or just setting up a road block, but there is a lot more to it than that. We are looking for the impaired drivers, but we are also looking for things that would also tip us off to other types of criminal behavior, whether its a theft or trafficking of drugs as well,” he said.
The following statistics from KSP Post 14 include the following: four Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests, 27 speeding citations, 23 seat belt citations, three child restraint, five collisions, and 30 criminal arrests.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt. Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.