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Highway Officials are Beefing Up Holiday Road Patrols

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 27 Dec 2012 05:04pm | comments

The Mississippi Highway Patrol plans increased enforcement over the New Years holiday period.  MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on their efforts.

 

The safest resolution a person can make this year is to plan ahead and designate a nondrinking driver before the celebration begins. That's the advice of  Corporal Odis Easterling with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

 

"We're gonna be out here working. It's not a surprise, it's not a secret. We want everyone to know that we’re out here. And hopefully that'll encourage people just to do the right thing. You know you shouldn't be driving if you've had a few drinks.  Do not drive. Call a cab, get a designated driver. Whatever you have to do to not get behind that wheel."

 

Last year  3 people were killed on Mississippi roadways during the New Year’s Holiday.  More than 35 hundred citations were issued. But with  the presence of additional patrolmen and checkpoints,  Easterling  believes motorist  who obey the rules of the road should arrive safely at their destination.

 

"You know when it comes down to losing family or having to go and deliver death notifications you know because of something that was senseless and could have been prevented. And we're out her being proactive and we try to work on cutting down death notifications.  You know no one likes to have to go knock on that door and say hey your loved one is never coming back home."

 

Mississippi Highway Patrol officers will be out in full force this New Year’s holiday period beginning at 6 PM tonight through Midnight Tuesday. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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