Troopers at full force for Christmas - - Jackson, MS

Troopers at full force for Christmas

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There will be extra state troopers out for the holiday weekend.

The Highway Patrol's Official Christmas weekend began at 6:00 p.m. State troopers set up a roadblock as a driver's license check and it didn't take long for traffic to back up on US 80 at the Pearl River bridge. But the people we talked with didn't seem to mind.

"Oh no, not at all. It's a safety issue, that's the way I feel about it. It's a safety issue," said Levertis Foster.

"We understand that it's the holiday time and the lawmakers especially state troopers are trying to make sure that the highways are safe because a lot of people are out today shopping and doing last minute shopping. So we understand," added Spurgeon Banyard.

Even one state Supreme Court Justice was delayed but not upset.

"Not at all. I think its their duty and I appreciate the officers being out keeping us safe for the holidays," said Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David Chandler.

Making the roads safer was the result of this road block. Two people were arrested for driving drunk, another was arrested on outstanding Rankin County warrants and another for nearly a dozen unpaid traffic violations.

"That's our main focus. We want people to be safe in their travels, get to their destination and enjoy their families," said State Trooper Odis Easterling.

The Department of Public Safety has received $20,000 of federal grant money to pay overtime for 54 additional troopers to patrol roads and highways of Mississippi during the holiday weekend, which continues until midnight Monday.

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