Address: 1 Court Square, Suite 203 Parkersburg, WV 26101 View Map
Phone: (304) 424-1972

About Us

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Highway Safety Program (MOVRSHP) is one of eight regional highway safety programs in West Virginia.  The MOVRSHP serves the counties of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood.  The main focus of the Program is to develop and implement projects which will result in a reduction in the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities throughout the region.  This is accomplished through public information and education, media activities, and enforcement conducted by law enforcement agencies.  While the Program focuses on all aspects of highway safety, the major concentration deals with drinking and driving and occupant protection.

WVDOT provides essential services in transportation, tourism and economic development, including:

The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) is comprised of more than 6,000 men and women who work in the Division of Highways; Division of Motor Vehicles; Division of Public Transit; the Public Port Authority; the Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority (W.V. Turnpike); the State Rail Authority; and the Aeronautics Commission.
--Safety and protection for citizens through modern operating standards for our highways, rail and airport facilities and licensing and permitting of drivers and motor vehicles
--Transportation services including public transit, railway operation and maintenance, airport and river port development and highway construction and maintenance
--Community and economic development through accessible roads, rivers, railways and airports and support for the artisan community through Tamarack and other development initiatives
--Revenue generation through the highway trust fund; air, railway and waterway fuel funds and tolls and concession fees
--Information and education through driver education, travel information, safety guidance, public involvement in transportation planning and continuing education

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Highway Safety Program FAQ

I have a child safety seat that I am not sure is properly installed. Where can I go to have it checked?
Within the MOVRHSP, there are 30 certified child safety seat technicians. The Parkersburg Department of Motor vehicles is a child safety seat fitting station which means they can inspect your seat whenever they are open. No appointment is necessary. Other places which can check your seat include the Wood County Sheriff Department, the Parkersburg Police Department, the Vienna Police Department, and the MOVRHSP. With these agencies, it is best to call and schedule an appointment.

What is the age limit for a child to be installed in a child safety seat?
West Virginia's Child Passenger Safety Laws States that any child under the age of eight years being transported in a passenger automobile, van, or pickup truck shall be secured in a child passenger safety device which meets the applicable federal motor vehicle standards. However, if the child is under the age of eight years and is at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall than a safety belt shall be suppicient to meet this requirement.

What is the West Virginia Seat Belt Law?
The West Virginia Seat Belt Law states that a person may not operate a passenger vehicle on a public street or highway of the State unless the driver, any person in the back seat under the age of 18, aand any passenger in the front seat is restrained by a safety belt meeting the applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards. This law is a primary law which means no other action of probable cause, other than the lack of use of the proper seat belt restrain system, is required in order to be cited for violation of the seat belt law.

What is the Bicycle Melmet Law in West Virginia?
The State Law requires that anyone 15 years of age and younger to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. In some West Virginia cities, all bicyclists are required to wear a helmet so adults and children are advised to check local bicycle helmet laws.

Does the MOVRHSP work with other agencies?
Yes! The MOVRHSP and the Governor's Highway Safety Program cannot carry out its mission on its own. There are countless community organizations, advocacy groups, and individuals who volunteer their time and coordinate their efforts with the MOVRHSP in order to accomplish the goal of reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the region.

If I have a highway safety project/idea that I would like the MOVRHSP to consider, who should I contact?
You can either contract the MOVRHSP at 304-424-1972 or send an email to

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the West Virginia Department of Transportation to create and maintain for the people of West Virginia, the United States and the world a multi-modal and inter-modal transportation system that supports the safe, effective and efficient movement of people, information and goods that enhances the opportunity for people and communities to enjoy environmentally sensitive and economically sound development.