Police agencies in the northern panhandle of West Virginia are once again conducting their "holiday blitz" in an effort to deter drinking and driving. The operation is conducted in an effort to catch drunk drivers before they cause a serious car wreck, injuring themselves or other people. In addition to sobriety check points, there will be extra officers on the road paid for by a grant. Free cab rides are offered for anyone living within a 10 mile radius of the place they have been drinking.
A man that was formerly a resident of West Virginia has been sentenced to 18 months of home confinement by the Berkeley County Circuit Court. The man was involved in a fatal car accident that took the life of another driver back in March 2010. The man was originally charged in May with felony driving under the influence causing death and failure to yield.
An accident on U.S. 50 in West Virginia caused the rerouting of traffic through Pennsboro while authorities worked the accident. Authorities are still trying to sort out how the multiple car accident happened. Initial reports suggest weather may have played a factor in the crash.
Witnesses say that two cars were racing just prior to a West Virginia accident near Salem Presbyterian Church in Greenbrier County. They also indicated that the second vehicle fled the scene after the car accident. Two people died in the crash, and one was seriously injured.