Law officers: Be ready for checkpoints

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – You may want to ride around Tupelo with your driver’s license and proof of insurance within easy reach this Labor Day weekend.
Police will be out in force to ensure a safe and DUI-free weekend, and one of their major tools will be the safety checkpoint.
“We want the citizens of Tupelo and visitors to be able to drive safely this weekend and enjoy themselves,” said Clayton. “So we will beef up our patrols and safety checkpoints. Labor Day is usually a busy holiday as for traveling and that is why we want to make sure people are traveling safely. We are not doing this to see how many people we can arrest, but to prevent someone from being injured on the roadways.”
Clayton said people approaching safety checkpoints should have their licenses and proofs of insurance in hand for the officers. The checkpoints will be set up all over the city.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol started its Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign on Aug. 20 and it will run until Tuesday, according to Trooper Ray Hall. The national campaign is designed to decrease drunken-driving fatalities during this holiday period.
Because Labor Day is the last warm holiday of the year and falls on the first weekend of college football, Hall said the initiative is needed.
“When you have a holiday you have people out enjoying themselves and sometimes drinking,” said Hall. “But add the first weekend of college football to that and you have more people out who have been drinking and traveling and that makes things more dangerous. So we will be out on the highways looking for drunk drivers so we can get them off the roads to protect the public.”
The holiday weekend officially begins at 6 p.m. today and ends at 6 p.m. Monday.