TUPELO-PONTOTOOC, – (WCBI) – It has been a busy Labor Day weekend for troopers with the Mississippi Freeway Patrol. Troopers have been collaborating in saturation patrols, focusing on dashing drivers.
There have been additionally security checkpoints all through the state, the place troopers have been checking for impaired drivers and different violations.
It’s 9 on Saturday night time, and troopers have simply arrange a security checkpoint on Freeway 278 in Pontotoc County.
Troopers are ensuring every driver has a sound driver’s license and insurance coverage. Troopers are additionally checking different issues.
“After they come by means of we’re searching for any and all violations, seat belts, drivers license, insurance coverage card, all these sort of issues,” mentioned Workers Sgt. Bryan McGee.
If every part is so as, most drivers are on their approach in lower than 30 seconds. If there ‘s a attainable violation, or cause to imagine a driver could also be impaired, they’re directed to tug over.
Whereas this driver didn’t have a driver’s license, his feminine passenger had a sound license, so troopers allow them to swap seats, and so they have been on their approach.
“It’s not all the time about writing tickets,” McGee mentioned.
For a vacation weekend, all obtainable troopers are known as in to work the security checkpoints and saturation patrols. It’s a part of Operation CARE, which stands for ‘Crash Awreness and Discount Effort.” Workers Sergeant Bryan McGee is the general public affairs officer for Troop F. He says the stepped up enforcement has one aim.
“We wish Mississippi, the driving public and anybody passing by means of our state to be protected and the way in which we make it protected and so they approach we make it protected is once we do these sort of issues,” he mentioned.
With social media it doesn’t take lengthy for phrase to get out concerning the location of security checkpoints. So after about an hour and a half, troopers moved from Pontotoc County to Tupelo and arrange at McCullough and Entrance Avenue. The primary automobile by means of the checkpoint, a suspected impaired driver.
A 19 12 months previous registers over the authorized restrict on a discipline sobriety check, and is charged with DUI. He’s not the one impaired driver troopers discover in the course of the checkpoint.
Tupelo law enforcement officials arrive to assist MHP with the checkpoint. TPD officers are checking vehicles heading West on McCullough. Workers Sergeant McGee says getting impaired drivers off the roads retains issues safer for everybody.
“Something might have occurred, belief me, we would like all people to go residence on the finish of the night time,” Workers Sgt. McGee mentioned.
Troopers from Troop F made 17 DUI arrests Friday night time, the very best quantity within the state that night. And fourteen DUI arrests Saturday night, into Sunday morning.
The following enforcement interval for MHP will happen over the Thanksgiving holidays.