MS Highway Patrol to Have Checkpoints for the New Year

As people along the Coast start celebrating the New Year Wednesday night, The Mississippi Highway Patrol will be increasing checkpoints and keeping an eye out for impaired drivers.

Midnight will officially kick off 2015 for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and as we celebrate the New Year, many people forget or simply ignore safe driving habits. The New Year’s enforcement period begins Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will end Thursday at midnight.

Checkpoints will be placed around the Coast throughout the period, with a focus on impaired drivers. Impaired drivers of any kind will not be tolerated, as law enforcement has begun to see a rise in not only drunk driving, but also driving while under the influence of prescription drugs or marijuana. The zero tolerance policy isn’t trying to ruin your New Year, but to keep people safe is the number one priority of the Highway Patrol.

Corporal Benjamin Seibert of the Mississippi Highway Patrol says, "Have a good time, enjoy the holidays, celebrate, but just use common sense. Don’t drink and drive, don’t get into a car with someone who is drinking and driving. It only takes a split second to make a bad decision that can affect you for the rest of your life."

Seibert says that the Highway Patrol has not had a fatality this holiday season on state or federal highways, and if that continues through Wednesday and Thursday, the Coast can start the New Year off in the best possible way.

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