Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers are Cracking Down on Drunken DrivingBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 13 Dec 2013 06:03pm |
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is the message law enforcement officers have for Mississippi motorists. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports officials are pulling out all the stops to help drivers get to and from their holiday destinations safely.
This holiday season, Mississippi Highway Patrol Officers and other law enforcement agencies from across the state will be out in force, cracking down on drunk drivers and other offenders. Public Affairs Director, Lt. Johnny Poulos says between now and January 2nd motorists on Mississippi roadways can expect to see an increased number of patrol officers and traffic check points.
According to a new national survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving 73 percent of adults surveyed said they have seen someone drive home after drinking too much at a bar or a party. Anna Duur with MADD says her organization strongly supports law enforcement efforts to help dissuade people from getting on the road after drinking.
Statistics show that drunk driving deaths typically spike over the holidays. Lt. Poulos with the highway patrol says that should be sobering news for the millions of motorist and passengers taking to Mississippi roads.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012 one hundred seventy nine people in Mississippi were killed in drunken driver crashes. 5 of those deaths occurred over the Christmas holidays. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.
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