West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program urges motorists to obey all traffic laws during COVID-19 pandemic

CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) urges motorists to obey all traffic laws during essential travel throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Everything we’ve done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been geared toward keeping all West Virginians as safe as possible,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “So many people have done an unbelievable job helping us in this mission by staying home, but we all need to remember that we need to stay safe in all ways and that includes being safe when you’re behind the wheel.”

Everyone is experiencing uncertainty and stress during the COVID-19 crisis. So, if drivers are on the roadways, they should never drive emotionally distracted and should obey all traffic laws. 

“If people are out to get supplies for themselves or for someone who cannot get out, we urge drivers to obey the speed limit and maintain your speed. Don’t drive distracted. This includes being emotionally or mentally distracted. Put your phone away. Drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts. And motorists should never drive if they are impaired by alcohol or prescription or illegal drugs,” said Bob Tipton, GHSP Director. 

During the COVID-19 crisis, medical resources are stretched thin. Essential workers are encouraged to exercise an abundance of caution when they are on our roadways and never drive while tired, as drowsy driving is as dangerous as impaired driving. 

By obeying traffic laws to avoid being in a crash, West Virginians can help by not putting more pressure on already-stressed medical resources and first responders.  

“Don’t add more stress to your life and the lives of first responders by being involved in an avoidable crash,” Tipton added. 

During the stress and uncertainty of COVID-19, we can all do what we can to remain calm and alleviate stress. Stay home, stay safe, be a good neighbor. Remember: Make Essential Travel Safe Travel.

For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.

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