More than 42 officers from 16 different agencies participated in the event checking vehicles passing through the checkpoint. Department of Motor Vehicles law enforcement also checked commercial motor vehicles for weight, illegal dyed fuel and overheated breaks.
The goal is to stop drunk drivers and encourage holiday travelers to buckle up this Labor Day weekend.
Wise County Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp addressed the officers at a breakfast at Raven Rock Golf Course hosted by Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s good to see multiple law enforcement agencies in multiple states working together to protect our community," Slemp said. "Today’s effort is an example of our team working together to make a difference. I was honored to be a part of it.”
The checkpoint yielded four DUI arrests and 66 summonses.
Along with the Border To Border Checkpoint, local law enforcement throughout Wise County and city of Norton also conducted Operation 58 checkpoint from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 58 just east of Coeburn. Additional checkpoints are planned throughout the weekend.
Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said, “Our goal is to encourage everyone to drive careful and buckle up every time you ride in a vehicle because we want travelers to have a safe holiday weekend.”