Sustained Outrage

Gauley Bridge update: A ticket forgiven

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.

He 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.