Law enforcement share ideas at annual conference

Local - 5/21/2014 5:04 PM by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Law enforcement from around the state are sharing ideas about how to improve their efforts on the roadways.

The Second Annual Highway Safety Conference was held Wednesday at The Resort at Glade Springs. Participating officers said it's a chance to network and touch base about enforcement and safety.

“We still have a lot of alcohol DUIs, but we are seeing a growing number of drug-impaired drivers, and that's what we really hope to stress to those officers here over the next couple of days -- ways to recognize, ways to arrest these people and remove them from the roadways,” Lt. Paul Blume told WOAY.

The discussion was led by retired Beckley Police Officer Bob Tipton, who is the West Virginia Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. Less than 75 fatalities have occurred across the state in the last couple of years, according to officers.

“I didn't realize that the number of fatalities in the past few years has continued to decrease immensely, so it looks like the efforts put on by the many departments around our region -- the traffic related efforts -- seems like it's paying off,” Chief Deputy Paul O’Dell said.

The conference will continue Thursday when top officers will be recognized for their DUI patrols.


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