JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi Highway Patrol has nine checkpoints issued throughout the state over this New Year's holiday.
It's part of a campaign from federal grant money to put more officers on the roadways and prevent accidents related to drinking and driving.
"We have extra troopers out all over the state of Mississippi trying to make our highways safe," said MHP Sgt. James Walker.
MHP says they are mostly looking for those drinking and driving motorists, but have reserved these checkpoints for issuing citations to motorists with suspended license's, inspection stickers, and tags.
MHP reports that during New Year's 2008 - 2009, six deaths results in drinking and driving related accidents, over 150 people were arrested for drunk driving, and nearly 8,000 citations for other offenses.
Sgt. Walker says he wants people out there to have a good New Year's holiday, but to be responsible about it.
"If you gonna drink please don't under the wheel and drive because troopers, first responders we have to see this gruesome accident and we have to tell your loved one that you may not come back home," Sgt. Walker said.
MHP also says local law enforcement and the sheriff's department will be patrolling the streets and looking out for drunk driver's.
"You have local law enforcement and sheriff's department they're out doing the same thing. And we're gonna continue to keep the highways safe here in Mississippi and keep the fatalities down," Sgt. Walker said.
Meanwhile, MHP asks that anyone who has been drinking this holiday to call a designated driver or taxi service.
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