Thursday, January 1, 2009
Extra troopers on highways
The New Year’s holiday period brings more danger to the roads.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is stepping up its enforcement through 12 midnight January 4. The Department of Public Safety has received extra funds from the federal government to have troopers working on their days off, according to Sgt. Leslie White with the Batesville District.
“They will especially be targeting high crash areas and will be implementing checkpoints for sobriety, drivers’ licenses and insurance, as well as seatbelt usage,” he said.
Not wearing a seatbelt is a primary offense which gives any law enforcement officer the right to pull a motorist over.
In addition, White said some motorists need to be reminded of the “Move Over” law instituted in July. This law requires drivers to move at least one lane away when they approach emergency and law enforcement vehicles that are parked on the roadside with lights flashing. This includes tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles. If a lane change is impossible, the driver must slow and be prepared to stop.
“Troopers will be observing behaviors, including speeding and careless driving and especially the impaired driver,” he said. “We encourage all motorists to observe all traffic laws, to not drink and drive, to buckle up and to have a safe holiday.
“Once again, ‘Over the Limit, Under Arrest,’ no exception.”
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