Law enforcement planning DUI blitz

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Through Labor Day, Sept. 6, Mississippi law enforcement will crack down on drunken driving.

To help launch the national “Over the Limit. Under Arrest” campaign, Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Simpson will host a pep rally at the Mississippi Department of Public Safety headquarters in Jackson at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Sunday’s Clarion-Ledger, Jon Kalahar, public affairs director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said law enforcement will work overtime to set up road blocks and put extra manpower on highways across the state during the blitz.

Kalahar says that in 2009, 245 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Mississippi. That year, there were more than 32,000 DUI-related arrests statewide.