All on deck for MHP in Pearl River County during holiday weekend

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Mississippi Highway Patrol had a busy holiday weekend in Pearl River County. All available troopers were on duty conducting saturation patrols and safety checkpoints.

Through the period of July 1-4, troopers issued 7,877 citations statewide, 115 of them being in Pearl River County said MHP Troop K Public Affairs Officer Chase Elkins.

“[This year] we had increased the patrols with troopers working on their days off to keep roadways safe in Pearl River County,” said Elkins.

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Troop K, or District 8, includes Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone, and Pearl River Counties.

No fatalities were recorded in Pearl River County, said Elkins, however there were three automobile crashes in the county, two of which caused injuries. The overall number of crashes in the state was 131 with 75 injuries on state, federal highways and interstate systems, according to a release from MHP.

Two DUI’s were issued in Pearl River County during the holiday weekend, which is a small fraction of the 182 DUI’s issued around the state, said Elkins. Along with the two DUI’s, there were two drug arrests in the county, none being felonies. The total number of drug arrests in the state was 25.

No seat belt violations were recorded in Pearl River County along with no public drinking tickets, according to an MHP release.