Miss. troopers write 163 DUIs, report 5 deaths over holiday

Mississippi State NewsThe Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol says it wrote 163 DUI citations over the Labor Day holiday weekend and worked 135 accidents, five of them involving fatalities.

Lt. Johnny Poulos, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, released the figures Tuesday. Poulos said 51 people were injured in the accidents worked by troopers over the holiday period.

Poulos says troopers suspect that alcohol was a factor in five of those collisions.

The enforcement period began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended Monday at midnight.

Troopers tallied 5,995 violations over the period.

  • Beauregard Rippy

    “163 DUI citations “. People are STILL stupid!

  • the_rocket

    “Troopers tallied 5,995 violations over the period”
    So they gave out almost 6000 ticket in their DUI Initiative, but only 163 were for DUI?

    Nothing but poorly disguised illegal search and seizure.

    • barney fife

      Thugs with badges, guns & taxpayer funding serve only to protect themselves.

    • barney fife

      Thugs with badges, guns & taxpayer funding serve only to protect themselves.

  • the_rocket

    “Troopers tallied 5,995 violations over the period”
    So they gave out almost 6000 ticket in their DUI Initiative, but only 163 were for DUI?

    Nothing but poorly disguised illegal search and seizure.

  • SSgtUSMC

    @ the rocket: Of a 135 accidents, troopers suspected alcohol was a “factor” in 5 of those. Of those 5 suspected impaired drivers, no fatalities resulted so one can assume that those 5 impaired motorists were also included. That works out to be a 0.04 % percent chance of an impaired driver being involved in an accident with another motorists and less than 0.02% if two or more of the 5 impaired drivers had hit each other. The other 158 impaired drivers must be more skilled at driving impaired than keeping their inspection stickers and tags up to date or following the speed limit because of 5,995 tickets and only 163 of them DUI, that means that 0.03% were “suspected” of DUI. We might get lucky and get 100 convictions after all the lawyers mop up. This lets us all know that ROADBLOCKS, especially the illegal ones that erode our liberties are for revenue generation ONLY and not public safety. I bet there were more drug arrests than DUI..