TUPELO – The Thanksgiving holiday has been a safe one for motorists in Mississippi.
According to Mississippi Highway Patrolman Ray Hall, only one person has been killed in an automobile accident this Thanksgiving on state highways. That death happened Thursday in Adams County. During Thanksgiving weekend last year, three people were killed on Mississippi highways.
“Anytime someone is killed in a car accident it’s tragic and it’s bad news,” said Hall. “Our hopes are that no one ever dies in car accidents, but that’s not going to happen. It’s hard to say having one death means we’ve had a safe traveling holiday. But when you compare it to three we had in 2009, then we can say it was an improvement.”
There were 99 accidents statewide from Wednesday through Saturday, said Hall. Four of those were alcohol related. Twenty-nine people were arrested for DUI. In Northeast Mississippi, 224 citations were written and six accidents were reported with one being alcohol related. Four people were charged with DUI.
Hall said troopers assisted several motorists across the state who were stranded on roadsides.
“The cold weather mixed with the rain caused some problems for motorists,” he said. “So we spent a good deal of time helping people get back on the roads.”
The Thanksgiving holiday officially ends at midnight.
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DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal