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Troopers targeting drunks

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The New Year's Eve celebrations are in full swing and state troopers are out in force to make sure the roads and highways are safe.

The highway patrol is using federal grants to beef up its patrols. WLBT's cameras went for a ride with state troopers early Saturday evening and there were plenty of violators.

Troopers are concentrating on high traffic areas of the state in what they call line patrols.

"We're initially assigned a certain highway, interstate or roadway for a certain amount of time that's heavily traveled so we can show our presence and make sure people are doing what they are supposed to do during the holiday weekend," State Trooper Nelie French. 

The highway patrol has gotten federal money to pay overtime to augment their routine patrols.

"We have more units out. We have more guys working that way we can help enforce the laws and make sure everybody is safe. With having more guys out on the road we can perform our duties a lot better," French added.

Oftentimes New Year's Eve celebrations include alcohol and sometimes drugs. Therefore, officers are targeting impaired drivers, but the enforcement is across the board as troopers look for any violation of the law.

"Across the board, no doubt. We do emphasize on DUI because that's a major part of our state and we want to keep everybody safe and keep the roads safe," said French. 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has received $33,000 in federal grant money and that means an extra 90 state troopers out on Mississippi's roadways during the New Year's Eve holiday weekend.

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