Local law enforcement participate in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2016

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 1, local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national effort “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” In this effort, local law enforcement will sweep the streets for impaired drivers during the heavily trafficked holiday season.

Last year there were 49 fatalities reported statewide during the holidays, Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop K Public Affairs Officer Chase Elkins said.

“This is more than just Christmastime. Most people have long periods off from work and sometimes celebrate that time with alcohol,” Elkins said.

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During the enforcement campaign, MHP, Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and the Picayune Police Department will increase their presence on the streets of Mississippi to protect and serve the community during the holidays.

Picayune Police Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri, said the department recorded eight DUI arrests and no fatalities during the holiday enforcement period of 2014. The year after that, they recorded nine DUIs and no fatalities.

Fatalities and DUIs increase during this time of year, so law enforcement agencies want to stress the importance of not driving while impaired.

“It affects more than just yourself,” Elkins said. “Every time you get behind the wheel impaired, you are putting many other people, and families, in danger.”

He said the rule is to be responsible while celebrating the holidays and stop anyone from driving impaired.

“I’d rather get a call about a fight than a fatality any day of the week,” Elkins said.

Law enforcement asks for the help of the community to keep the streets safe. Elkins asks community members to call 911 if they suspect someone is driving while drunk.