By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
Three traffic fatalities were reported on Mississippi highways during this year’s Memorial Day weekend.
That number is higher than 2012 but one-third the traffic fatalities reported during the same weekend in 2011.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety, in a press release last week, challenged motorists to wear seat belts and drive safely this holiday season.
Each of three victims was not wearing seat belts, according to the MHP holiday enforcement release.
One fatal wreck was reported in Northeast Mississippi.
Whitney Anthony Blanchard Jr., 22, of Lafayette County, was traveling north on Highway 7 when his car crossed over the median into the southbound lane where it rolled and went down the exit ramp to the Sisk Avenue intersection, killing him.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop F and Troop G reported no fatalities on highways in the northeast portion of the state and the counties within those troops also reported zero traffic fatalities.
In Troops G and F, 38 DUI arrests were made, 27 accidents were investigated and 2,254 citations were written during the Memorial Day enforcement period.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Troopers wrote 780 seat belt violations and 113 child restraint violation tickets over the holiday weekend.
Troopers made 177 DUI arrests, investigated 129 accidents and wrote 780 seat belt violations statewide.
In Tupelo, 15 DUI arrests were made.
Zero deaths were reported on Mississippi highways during 2012’s Memorial Day enforcement period and nine were reported in 2011.