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DUI blitz was success

By Jeremy Pittari

Picayune Item

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department participated in a nationwide DUI Blitz for the Labor Day weekend.

Lt. Joe Quave said the department participated in the nationwide effort to curb drunk driving and conducted 10 safety checkpoints between Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.

The locations of some of the check points were determined based off community requests for checkpoints in certain areas, Quave said. Arrests in the following statistics also included proactive patrol operations.

During that time the department conducted six DUI arrests, three DUI other arrests and conducted 14 drug violation arrests.

Other citations issued included 20 for no seatbelt, two for child restraint violations, 19 for driving while license suspended, eight citations for no driver’s license and 22 citations were issued for no insurance.

Thirty-six other citations were issued for various other traffic violations during that time, including running a stop sign, reckless driving, careless driving and equipment violations, Quave said.

Some felony arrests were also conducted during that time and ranged from aggravated domestic violence to drug related charges.

“Officers worked hard during this time to make this a successful blitz period,” Quave said.

The locations of the requested checkpoints are being kept confidential so community members can feel safe in requesting additional areas in the future, Quave said.