No word on how many tickets Gauley Bridge police wrote over the Bridge Day weekend, but Raynell Smith, who said in my Oct. 9 story that she planned on driving about 700 miles to contest her $150 ticket, sent me an e-mail over the weekend saying the ticket has been forgiven.
Smith planned on making the trip from her home in Virginia for the Wednesday court date.
Here’s part of her e-mail.
He (Parsons) said that he was dismissing my case because it was such a “hardship” for me to come so far. I said that I appreciated his gesture. One reason that I had planned to come was to explain the positive point system in Virginia. I have 5 positive points on my license because VA awards up to 5 points to safe drivers. I told him that Officer Whipkey was not aware of this and assumed that I had 5 point against my license. Whipkey became mad when I told him that I had never had a ticket before. Anyway, I told Brian this in hopes that it would get in the record.
As Whitney Burdette and I reported back in August, Gauley Bridge police have issued 5,057 speeding tickets in the last three and a half years — more than any other city or town in the state, according to figures from the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.