By JB Clark and Brad Locke
The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported no traffic fatalities during the New Year’s enforcement period.
Highway Patrol troopers worked 71 vehicle collisions on the state’s highways, five of which were alcohol related.
The relatively short, 30-hour enforcement period began at 6 p.m. Tuesday and ended at midnight Thursday.
Five of the collisions were alcohol related, and troopers handed out 78 DUIs. There were also two felony arrests made.
The highest number of collisions occurred in Troop H’s territory, with 16. Locally, there were five collisions recorded by Troop G (Calhoun, Chickasaw, Monroe, Webster, Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Choctaw, Winston and Noxubee counties) and three by Troop F (Benton, Tippah, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Pontotoc, Lee, Union and Itawamba counties). Neither troop worked an alcohol-related crash.
Troopers in Troop F made 10 DUI arrests and wrote 15 citations for seat belt violations.
In Troop G, one DUI arrest was made and 26 seat belt violation citations written. The last fatality-free holiday enforcement period on Mississippi’s highways was Memorial Day 2012. That enforcement period lasted 80 hours.