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Border to Border 2011

by Mary Ann Rayment, Statewide Occupant Protection Coordinator

The Labor Day holiday weekend began with the annual Border to Border traffic safety checkpoints in Virginia on September 1, 2011. Law Enforcement agencies from Virginia in partnership with Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland law enforcement held concurrent checkpoints on key borders to alert motorists that law enforcement would be on the roads across these states to make sure everyone got back home safely.

In southwest Virginia, Wise County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Norton Police Department, Appalachia Police Department, Big Stone Gap, Pound Police Department, and Wise Police Department, with assistance from the DMV Motor Carrier Unit and the Wise County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, joined the following Kentucky agencies: Letcher County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police and Jenkins Police Department. These departments converged on State Route 23 at Pound Gap to let all motorists know that all traffic laws would be enforced. The Checkpoint resulted in a total of 162 summonses issued for a variety of offenses including 8 seat belt violations, 3 child safety seat violations, 1 DUI and 2 drug possession offenses. In addition, 10 commercial motor vehicles(cmv) were removed from service. CMV charges included dyed fuel and overweight vehicles that will result in over $6,000.00 in fines.

In Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Police Department joined the North Carolina State Patrol as well as Camden and Pasquatank Counties on State Route 17.This checkpoint resulted in a total of 125 summonses including 35 speeding citations, 6 suspended drivers, 6 no operator license, 3 seat belt violations, 3 open container violations and one fugitive arrest. Commercial Motor Vehicle checks were also done on the Virginia side with help from the motor carrier law enforcement units from Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk and DMV. This resulted in 2 trucks taken out of service for having bad brakes, 1 overweight truck and 2 oversize violations as well as a variety of other driver and truck violations.

On the Eastern Shore, Accomack County Sheriff's Office joined law enforcement from Maryland along their joint border as well. Officers there arrested an outstanding fugitive and five seat belt violations among others.

These agencies did an outstanding job and continued a 13 year tradition of "Border to Border" in Virginia! Many thanks to all who participated!

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