Motorists in Yalobusha County are likely to see more law enforcement vehicles on the highways during Thanksgiving holidays. Mississippi is one of three states that have joined together for a six-day period of stepped-up traffic enforcement, Sergeant Leslie White of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s District 3 said.
The program —“Take Back Our Highways” — placed all available law enforcement officers from participating agencies on patrol duty from Monday through Nov. 26, White said.
“We’re going to have everybody available that can wear a uniform,” White said.
The “Take Back” program is the intensive joint initiative of three state agencies — the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, and the Alabama and Tennessee Highway Patrols — as well as the sheriff and police departments throughout the three states to reduce traffic fatalities and increase safety during the Thanksgiving holidays.
“It’s about saving lives,” White said. The public affairs officer said that 35 accidents resulting in three fatalities occurred in the nine-county district during the Thanksgiving holidays last year. Officers issued 912 citations including 23 DUI arrest last year, he said.
“Throughout the Thanksgiving week officers in all three states will target primary behaviors that cause crashes and contribute to fatalities,” White said. “These include speeding, failure to yield right of way, following too closely and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”
“Troopers will target crash-prone areas, implement line patrols, set up driver license and sobriety checkpoints and check for seatbelt usage,” White added.
“We encourage all motorists to buckle up, obey the speed limit laws and all other traffic laws and refrain from drinking while driving,” White continued.
The nine counties of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s District Three include, in addition toYalobusha; DeSoto, Tate, Tunica, Coahoma, Yalobusha, Tallahatchie, Lafayette, Panola and Marshall.