By Bobbie Poynter
Drivers throughout Barbourville may have been held up for a very short period of time over the Memorial Day holiday as the city’s police department set up traffic checkpoints at different spots and at random times throughout the three-day weekend.
Officers were checking for everything from seatbelt infractions and child restraints to outdated vehicle registrations or insurance. In between checkpoints, the officers patrolled the area and cited numerous drivers for speeding and other traffic violations.
Over the three-day period, Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye said his officers handed out more than 50 citations without incident.
“I can’t honestly think of anyone who gave us a hard time this weekend,” said Chief Tye. “They know we’re always out patrolling the streets, but on a holiday weekend like this, people understand we’re just stepping up our game, and trying to keep the roads safe for everybody.