The Mississippi Highway Patrol “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative will put an additional 285 troopers on the road during the Christmas/New Year’s Holiday.
“This is the tenth year Mississippi has participated in the campaign,” Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz said. “Last year, there was an average of 81 DUI arrests every day, of those, more than 1,800 were under the age of 21.”
Over the past 12 years, there has been an average of about 30,000 DUI arrests in Mississippi each year.
The Christmas Holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and will continue to midnight Christmas night. MHP will have 117 extra troopers on patrol during that time and plans to use check points and rolling patrols to encourage motorists to follow the law while traveling.