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Law Enforcement Steps up Patrols for Holiday Shoppers & Travelers

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 24 Nov 2010 10:07am | comments
Statistics show that so far this year law enforcement has made nearly 20 thousand DUI arrest in Mississippi. And with high traffic volumes guaranteed over the holidays, more accidents will happen.

Thousands of Mississippians are up well before dawn this morning to begin their holiday shopping. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. But as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports, the mad scurry to catch the perfect sale, can too often result in poor decisions on the road.

Black Friday is an exciting time. some stores opened as early as midnight to lure those eager, early holiday consumers. Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Simpson says it can really be a mad rush out there, and if drivers are not careful, it could become one of the worst days of the year.

"People become impatient, people try to rush to get to a better place to get a better deal. Ah, you have to be respectful of the other drivers you have to be respectful of the rules of the road and law enforcement who are out there trying to assist motorist.

While the holiday shopping will carry through the next 4 weeks, so will the holiday spirit with parties and celebrations. ... something that also concerns Commissioner Simpson.

"And again if you're going to be indulging in some alcoholic beverages get a designated driver or stay home."

Statistics show that so far this year law enforcement has made nearly 20 thousand DUI arrest in Mississippi. And with high traffic volumes guaranteed over the holidays, more accidents will happen.

"Eating fast food, reading a magazine, personal grooming there are a number of things that cause distracted driving but the new phenomenon of electronic texting and emailing and twittering and all those things is a phenomenon right now particularly with younger less experienced drivers that is causing a tremendous increase in collisions."

Public safety officials say they will continue to monitor the roads in full force through midnight Sunday with road blocks and extra patrols. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.

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Statistics show that so far this year law enforcement has made nearly 20 thousand DUI arrest in Mississippi. And with high traffic volumes guaranteed over the holidays, more accidents will happen.


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