MONONGAH, W.Va – Officers on the Monongah Police Division are on excessive alert for drivers underneath the affect of alcohol and medicines as they’ve seen it’s grow to be extra frequent amongst group members.
“It’s harmful and it considerations me,” Dylan Johnson, Chief of the Monongah Police Division mentioned. “This is likely one of the most welcoming locations I’ve ever been at, and I find it irresistible right here, and it’s my job to guard the folks of Monongah and serve them to the perfect of my potential.”
Chief Johnson mentioned when he took workplace in 2021, the DUI arrests began rolling in instantly and continued to grow to be extra frequent at a gradual price. He mentioned impaired drivers take the street any day, at any time, and most of them are repeat offenders that aren’t apprehensive concerning the penalties.
“They get round mates and their friends, and it appears to be prefer it’s an okay factor and it’s ‘simply comply with me right here I’m not going far’ nevertheless it doesn’t take however 100 yards down the street and their entire life and somebodies else’s life can change,” Chief Johnson mentioned.
Johnson is contemplating an unconventional means to verify his group members don’t get behind the wheel after an evening of ingesting or doing medication.
“I might quite you name me or name our dispatch and say, ‘hey I don’t have any means dwelling, I’ve been ingesting, I’ve no means dwelling.’ I might truthfully quite come get you than you make an irresponsible determination to get behind the wheel of a car,” Chief Johnson mentioned.
Catching drivers underneath the affect is difficult due to the city of Monongah’s small police division, nevertheless it’s one thing that’s a precedence for Chief Johnson. He has skilled firsthand the affect drunk driving can have on others. When he was 18 years outdated Chief Johnson misplaced one among his greatest mates in a drunk driving accident.
“No one on this city on this group deserves to lose a member of the family, a brother or sister to the negligence of a DUI, and I will do all the things in my energy to make sure the residents of this city are secure and that doesn’t occur,” Chief Johnson mentioned.
He’s additionally heard from the group Moms Towards Drunk Driving (MADD) on their experiences of being impacted by impaired drivers.
“When it’s important to sit there and take heed to a mom who had misplaced her youngster resulting from a drunken driver or a drugged driver it actually modifications the way in which you take a look at issues,” Chief Johnson mentioned.
The Monongah Police Division hopes to extend patrolling within the city with the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff’s Division and different police departments from the encompassing cities and cities such because the White Corridor Police Division and the Fairmont Police Division.
Chief Johnson additionally mentioned they are going to be switching up their normal patrol occasions to attempt to crack down on extra drivers underneath the affect.
The division additionally provides info on restoration program choices to those that are cited for a DUI to attempt to get them the assistance they want.