Rangers, Troopers Crack Down On Trace Drivers - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Rangers, Troopers Crack Down On Trace Drivers

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Troopers and Rangers are saturating the metro area of the Trace and beyond this week. They're conducting a joint operation, using their visibility, to get motorist to obey traffic laws.

"We're looking for speeding violations, reckless driving, unsafe passing, seat belt violations, anything that's really going to not make the motorists safe," said Southern District Supervisor Ranger Stephen Dollinger. "Speeding is one of the highest points for our fatalities and our wrecks out here."

Rangers say most of the accidents on the 400 mile Trace happen right at Rice road.  Most motorists not heeding traffic signs.

"In the 40 miles an hour, we've been getting people up in the 60s almost 70 miles per hour," added Ranger Dollinger. "Out in the other part of the Trace where it's 50 miles per hour, we've got people 70, 80, you occasionally get people over 100 miles per hour."

Rangers say the narrow road is unforgiving should a motorists try to pass another car or travel at high speeds. With little room for error, law enforcement is slowing drivers down, one ticket at a time.

"We want the impact to basically change the behavior of driving out here on the Natchez Trace, make people slow down, enjoy the view, enjoy what the Trace was meant by a scenic byway, and change the behavior of the driving," added Dollinger.

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