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Police are Cracking Down on Drunk and Distracted Drivers for the Holiday Weekend

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 11/27/2013 9:37 pm
Police departments are stepping up this holiday weekend to make sure the roads stay safe from drunk and distracted drivers. Jason Gazzo, a Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl., says, "You know you have a three or four thousand pound piece of metal on the highway. We need to slow down that distracted driver." Thanksgiving, for many, is a time to spend with family, and that means travel. Highway patrol officers were out in force this morning, making sure people made it to those destinations safely. Gazzo also says, "You know, when they see trooper after trooper, I think it sinks in ‘Hey, law enforcement’s out and they mean business.’" When it comes to keeping drunk drivers off the road, officials are warning the public that several road blocks and check points will be in place, starting this evening. Gazzo also states, "We are going to have road blocks and saturation patrols just like this one we have set up on this stretch of highway in Stone County." Officers say that spending their holiday out on patrol is worth it if it means saving lives. Gazzo says, "Our goal is not to write citations. Our goal is to keep people safe. It would be great if we didn't have to write any." Police officials say drivers can expect to see road blocks set up beginning this evening and running through the weekend.
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