We've all heard the warnings...‘drive sober or get pulled over.’ With the holiday season in full swing, you'll see local law enforcement out in full force. Sgt. Jackie Rhodes, the Public Information Officer of the Biloxi Police Department, says, "During the holidays, people have a tendency to drink a little more than they do the rest of the year. That's when we're out." All American Towing has transported hundreds of cars from drunken driving scenes, destroyed in alcohol related accidents. Rocky Wood, the owner of All American Towing, says, "The worst ones would be whenever you come up to an accident scene and it's a mother or a child or something and they died and you find out it was because of drunk driving.” This car was involved in a drunken driving accident just a few months ago. There were two people in the car. The driver was drunk and had a head on collision and ended up killing them both.
Rhodes also says, "I would like to see zero fatalities in the state of Mississippi during the holidays." In Mississippi, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08 percent. Rhodes also suggests, "It's best to have zero percent alcohol in your system when you're behind the wheel." Last year, almost 40 percent of the state's motor vehicle fatalities were alcohol related deaths that could have been avoided. Wood also says, “Just don't do it. If you have to sit somewhere, call somebody. Somebody will come get you. I'll come get you." This time of year, impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly ten percent. Local law enforcement will have saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, looking for motorists who may be driving drunk. The campaign will run until January 2nd.