Law Enforcement Say Labor Day Weekend Was Slow

With the holiday weekend coming to a close, law enforcement have been out in full force keeping our roads and water safe. Monday, News 25 met up with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (M.D.M.R.) and the Mississippi Highway Patrol to find out what law enforcement has been seeing this weekend.

Law enforcement across the Coast say this Labor Day weekend has been unconventional for one reason: it’s been quiet. Mississippi Highway Patrol says it’s been a slow holiday weekend, with just two boating under the influence instances and less accidents than they were expecting. Benjamin Seibert of the Mississippi Highway Patrol says, “We’ve had very light traffic and we’ve been very lucky on accidents. We’ve had seven wrecks total, starting from Friday, so only seven wrecks with one minor injury.”

While the Mississippi Highway Patrol has been out on the road, the M.D.M.R. has been out on the water, and they say thankfully, it’s been a slow weekend. Lt. Kyle Wilkerson of M.D.M.R. says, “We’ve had several citations written. We’re looking at probably one B.U.I. at this time written. Several individuals were taken to jail for numerous things. What we’re doing is we amped up patrol to reduce B.U.I.s and also to reduce boat accidents.”

Both the M.D.M.R. and the Mississippi Highway Patrol will be out until midnight Monday night. Both agencies ask anyone traveling by land or sea to be extra attentive. Wilkerson also says, “We want people to be wary of other boaters, other people in the water. Be real careful when driving a boat. It’s not like driving a car, you can’t stop immediately, it doesn’t have brakes.”

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will also be wrapping up its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Monday night. Law enforcement reminds motorists and boaters not to drive after drinking.

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