JACKSON, Miss. -- The New Year’s Eve Holiday Enforcement Period kicks off at 6 pm tonight and runs through mid-night New Year’s Day.
“We will have between 120 and 130 additional troopers out patrolling roadways,” said Mississippi Highway Patrol Spokesperson Warren Strain.
The agency is using federal funds to pay overtime for the troopers. “They will of course be looking for alcohol and impaired drivers; but then any other moving violation.”
Strain said drunk driving remains a problem in Mississippi. “Over the past ten years we have averaged 30,000 DUI arrest a year in Mississippi. That works out to 82 per day.”
The extra enforcement over the four-day New Year’s holiday driving period is part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign.”