Holidays bring nine traffic deaths, 273 DUIs

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

Nine people were killed on Mississippi highways during the Christmas and New Year holidays, three in Northeast Mississippi.
Four of those traffic fatalities were during the New Year enforcement period, from Dec. 28 until Jan. 1. The remaining five fatalities came from traffic accidents between Dec. 21 and Dec. 25.
In Northeast Mississippi, Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers worked 53 collisions during the New Year period, four reportedly alcohol related. During that same period, troopers made 43 DUI arrests in the region.
Fewer accidents – 48 – occurred during the Christmas enforcement period in Northeast Mississippi and none of those was attributed to drunk drivers. Troopers in the region made 32 DUI arrests during that period.
During the night of Dec. 31 and morning of Jan. 1, 14 people were taken to the Lee County Adult Jail on DUI charges and nine accused of being drunk in public.
Statewide, 82 DUI arrests were made by MHP troopers. All four statewide fatalities came during those two days.
Three people died on Mississippi highways during last year’s New Year enforcement period. Master Sgt. Johnny Poulos, director of public affairs for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, said the lower numbers came during an enforcement period that was two days shorter.
Statewide, troopers investigated 309 crashes causing 94 injuries during the 10 days of Christmas and New Year enforcement. Of the 309 collisions, 11 were alcohol related. Troopers also made 273 DUI arrests statewide in that same period.
The bulk of the DUI arrests, 63, came Christmas day followed by Dec. 28 with 62 arrests.
jb.clark@journalinc.com