December 31, 2009
Highway patrol busy during holiday season
Sgt. Leslie White, with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol office in Batesville, reported on the highway patrol activities for the Christmas holiday weekend.
Officers with Troop E, a 10-county area including Marshall County and Union County, reported a total of 663 citations, he said.
Statewide, officers wrote 6,039 citations – 85 DUIs; three drug arrests; three felony arrests; 135 seatbelt citations; 33 child restraint citations; 193 collisions with four of them alcohol-related and 34 injuries; and two fatalities, one in DeSoto County and one in the Hattiesburg District.
Last year three traffic fatalities were reported for the Christmas weekend, White said.
Officers will conduct the same patrols over the New Year’s holiday weekend, he said. Officers will conduct line patrols, that is patrol from “Point A” to “Point B” on heavily traveled highways at peak hours.
Officers will also be checking for driver’s licenses, insurance, seatbelts, and watching for speeding or reckless driving and drunk or impaired driving.
The state will tender no tolerance for those found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said.
“We are going to lock them up if they are under the influence, no exceptions,” White said.
Government offices closing for New Year’s
Marshall County offices, along with its municipalities (Potts Camp, Holly Springs and Byhalia) announce holiday closings this week.
County and city government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 31, 2009–Jan. 1, 2010, for New Year’s holidays.
Blood drive next week at Marshall Academy
Marshall Academy will be holding a blood drive next Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The blood drive will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mississippi Blood Services will have a donor coach in the parking lot. All donors will receive a 2010 Road to Life T-shirt. The school is located at 100 Academy Drive, Holly Springs.
“Blood donors help many Mississippians get back on ‘the road to life’ and we want to return the favor by giving them the chance to get on the road in a brand new car,” said Tony Bahou, manager of communications and public relations. “Blood donors are the driving force behind Mississippi Blood Services. They literally give of themselves to give the gift of life.”
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