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Beckley officer wins top regional honor

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - Highway Safety Patrol Region Seven awarded Sgt. Frankie Shelton Officer of the Year in Southern West Virginia.  Representatives from Region Seven say Shelton is one of the top enforcers in the state, ranking in the highest tier for DUI arrests.

Region Seven is comprised of seven counties in West Virginia – Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Braxton, and Webster.  In 2012 Region Seven ranked number one in the state for highway safety statistics, according to highway safety officer Lt. Paul Blume.

"These guys go out on extra time over and beyond what they usually patrol to make our roadways safe," says Blume.  "We feel it's important to recognize them."

Some of the qualifications for highway safety patrolling are catching red light runners and distracted/impaired drivers and enforcing seatbelt laws.  As for DUI arrests, while West Virginia averages one DUI arrest for every 12 hours of patrolling, Region Seven averages one per every six hours, and Sgt. Shelton averages one for about every three hours. 

Shelton insists though that highway safety is a team effort, and he could not have won this award alone. "Absolutely not, that's why we're all a team and work together to get this accomplished," says Shelton. 

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