JACKSON, Miss. -- You can still have fun at your Chirstmas and New Year’s Eve Parties, but the Mississippi Highway Patrol is putting you on notice.
“We will be out in force over the Holiday period, trying to make sure holiday traverls are safe and arrive at their destination to enjoy the holidays with their family,” said Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz at a Wednesday Press Conference.
That means from December 14 to January 1, “the Highway Patrol will utilize $105,000 thousand (federal) dollars to put an additional 285 troopers on the roads and highways during the Holiday enforcement period,” added MHP Director Colonel Donnell Berry.
They will, mainly be looking for drunk drivers, like the one that killed House Speaker Philip Gunn’s (R-Clinton) parents and sister more than 20 years ago. “That was my whole family. I didn’t have any other siblings.”
He said if that’s not enough to convience you not to drink and drive, then think about the driver that hit his family. “I bet he regrets the day he drove drunk,” Gunn said. “He’s in jail for 60 years.”
During the holiday enforcement period, extra troopers will set up check points and rolling patrols to encourage you to follow the law while travelilng. This is the tenth year Mississippi has participated in the federally-funded, national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.