Law enforcement gears up for 4th

From press and staff reports

For the July 4th holiday period the Mississippi Highway Patrol will have an additional 80 troopers on the roads to encourage motorists to abide by the rules of the road.

Local Winston County Sheriff’s Department and Louisville Police Department will also be patrolling the area to help keep the holiday safe.

“We plan to use about $30,000 of federal grant money to add troopers to the roads this holiday,” Assistant Public Safety Commissioner/MHP Director Colonel Donnell Berry said. “We were fatality-free over the Memorial Day Holiday and that is our goal for the July 4th holiday.”

Last year, one person died on roads and highways patrolled by MHP. The patrol investigated 130 crashes (four alcohol-related), which resulted in 44 injuries. Troopers made 214 DUI arrests, issued 293 passenger restraint (212 seat belt and 81 child restraint) citations and a total of 5,211 tickets.

Law enforcement officials hope the stepped up efforts will reseult in lower traffic deaths and lower DUI arrests.