Recent spike in crashes leads to traffic initiative in Warwood

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After a recent spike in crashes in Warwood, Wheeling Police strategically stepped in to make sure you stay safe on the road.

A recent traffic study tracked almost a dozen crashes on Route 2/Warwood Avenue in the month of July alone.

Officers noticed crashes happening in the late afternoon, so yesterday they monitored from 2pm.-6 p.m. and you’ll be surprised at what they saw.

They wrote 45 total citations, here is a break down, the majority for seat belt and cell phone violations.

Public Information Officer Philip Stahl said the operation was part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Initiative focusing on seat belts, which turned into other dangerous driving citations.

Stahl said officers got ‘thank yous’ from people living in the area tired of seeing drivers speeding, he said those kind of reports help officers target areas like this.

“Not only did the crime analyst statistics that were provided to us help feed into this initiative, but citizen concerns also that were brought to us at our Warwood Crime Watch meetings, even crime watch meetings throughout the city as well, and just complaints that were brought to us by various neighbors up in that area about issues along that stretch of road,” said Stahl.

Stahl said buckle up and put your phone down, more initiatives will soon be popping up all over Wheeling.

Another reminder to drivers, officers tell me they did also issue one citation yesterday for passing a school bus. Remember, when the flashing lights are on, you must stop all 4 ways. 

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