Hundreds ticketed during "Border to Border" checkpoint

JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT) - Drivers on US-23 on the Kentucky/Virginia border experienced some delays Thursday, while police from both states checked for safety violations.

Nearly one dozen police agencies from both commonwealths teamed up for the 13th annual "Border to Border" checkpoint.

"It's an annual thing we do just to kick off the labor day weekend," Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said. "It's more of a reminder to everyone that we want them to wear their seat belts, obey the speed limit and definitely don't drink and drive."

Officers checked licenses and seat belts, weighed commercial trucks and tested for illegal diesel fuel.

"A lot of people are off work, you get to travel more, you get to have a little more fun," said Wise County (Va.) Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Elkins. "And some people make poor choices and decide to bring that out on the roadways where I could drive with my family and you drive with yours."

It did not take long for the crackdown to pay off. Wise County authorities made two DUI arrests within 15 minutes of the road black opening.

"We also uncovered some drugs, some marijuana and some pills," said Sgt. Teresa Meade with the Wise County Sheriff's Office. "So that's been very successful at this point."

Webb said, "We're hoping this year that the citizens will keep that in mind and wear their seat belts, make everybody safe, and we'll all be a lot better for it."

"Border to Border" lasted from 10 a.m. until nearly 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Meade said during that time officers from Virginia wrote 93 tickets and officers from Kentucky handed out 41. There were three DUI arrests and three drug arrests, Meade said.

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