Thursday, July 3, 2008
Law enforcement issues 315 citations in county
By SUE WATSON
A joint effort by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department netted 315 citations last Friday, said Sgt. Leslie White of the Batesville office of the Highway Patrol.
Officers wrote 204 non-hazardous citations, 88 hazardous citations, 20 citations for driving under the influence, and made two arrests for misdemeanor and drugs and one felony drug arrest, White said.
“We had a major detail in Marshall County and it is all about lowering the accident rate and taking drunks off the road, and about saving lives,” said White.
The July 4 weekend starts Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday at midnight. White said officers with the Highway Patrol will be out in force again – setting up road blocks, checking driver’s licenses and seatbelt use and monitoring for impaired or drunk driving.
“We are asking motorists to wear seatbelts and observe the move-over law,” White said.
The move-over law requires motorists to slow down, move over and to stop if needed to yield to an accident or to emergency vehicles or law enforcement patrol officers.
“We will have extra manpower out for the July 4 weekend and there will be zero tolerance for seatbelts, DUI and speeding violations,” he said. “Have a safe holiday and drive safely.”
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