Forrest Co. rejects grant for DUI blitz - - Jackson, MS

Forrest Co. rejects grant for DUI blitz

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee says the Mississippi Department of Public Safety put too many strings on money to get extra officers looking for drunk drivers.

He tells The Hattiesburg American sobriety checkpoints that began Dec. 16 will run through Jan. 3 without the extra money.

McGee says the state wants arresting officers to shepherd their cases through the courts, filing state reports at every step. He says the information's all public, and state police could get it themselves.

Forrest County Board of Supervisors President David Hogan says the board agrees. He says the paperwork often takes so much time it ends up costing the county money.

In addition, says Hogan, the grant requires extra deputies to do only DUI-related work - keeping them from answering any other sort of emergency.

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