Wheeling Police did a highway safety initiative and paid special attention to drivers in Warwood following a spike in crashes, specifically noticed on Route 2.

They patrolled heavily during the common hours and day for those crashes: between 2 and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

It resulted in 45 charges in just four hours. Thirty-three of them were seatbelt violations. Others included cell phone violations and improper registrations.

Wheeling Public Information Officer Philip Stahl said the same initiative will be done in other areas of the city and they will continue to increase police presence in the Warwood area into the fall season.