Mississippi Highway Patrol Brian Mobley said nine people were killed in car accidents from the start of the holiday on Friday through the end of it on Monday. Only four died in accidents last year. With the number of fatalities that occurred during the two week Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign, 21 people were killed in accidents. Four of those were alcohol related.
“We had five more fatalities over the Labor Day weekend over last year and that’s just too many,” said Mobley. “All in all we feel we had a great enforcement weekend across the state. We wrote more citations and arrested more drunk drivers that the year before, but the fatalities were just too high. No matter what we do in enforcement. We just can’t stop them all.”
Statewide, trooper wrote 9,755 citations over the Labor Day weekend this year and only 4,756 last year. In 2008 98 people were arrested for DUI and this year 163 were arrested.
Because Labor Day is one of the busiest holidays, Mobley said they expected to be busy, but thrown in a Mississippi State Football game and the problem increases.
“This is one of the busiest holidays because it’s the official end of summer,” he said. “It’s the opening of football season and the beginning of fall, so we get a lot of people on the roads. So we were very aggressive in our enforcement this year.”
Tupelo Police Chief Jackie Clayton said patrolmen wrote several tickets for DUI over the weekend.