The Buckhannon Police Department works traffic enforcement throughout the City of Buckhannon to ensure the safety of the motoring public, as well as all others who walk, bicycle, etc. the streets of Buckhannon. For the past six years, the Buckhannon Police Department has been recognized by the AAA with the national Platinum Award for Highway Safety. This is the highest award any agency can receive and is testament to the hard work that our officers put forward to ensure that our citizens are safe. Covering everything from DUI enforcement to traffic violations such as, speeding, stop signs, etc., the police department is comprehensive in its approach to maintaining a high degree of visibility coupled with the assurance that our roads are among the safest in the nation.
Some strategies that the police department employs to achieve our goal of safe highways are:
Checkpoints and Saturation patrols
An aggressive approach in which the police department works with the WV Governors Highway Safety Program, as well as the Governor’s Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention, to help prevent the dangers that come with drunk drivers being on the road. Throughout the year officers work a combined 500 plus hours, where they work above and beyond their scheduled shifts strictly for DUI enforcement – all of which is grant funded overtime.
Checkpoints are held periodically throughout the year to target the drunk driver, as well as to educate the motoring public concerning our mission to eliminate DUI drivers from the roadway.
The Buckhannon Police Department currently has a radar trailer so drivers are more aware of their speed. The trailer is taken to various neighborhoods and is used as an educational resource to help drivers be more aware of their speed and of the speed limits in the respective areas where the trailer is located.