Local law enforcement to beef up patrols tonight

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

More than one-third of all traffic deaths that happened nationwide last New Year’s Eve &045; and fully 57 percent of those that took place New Year’s Day &045; were alcohol-related.

But local law enforcement agencies are taking steps to help make sure that trend isn’t repeated in the Miss-Lou today and Thursday.

Although specific numbers weren’t available as of Tuesday, both the Natchez Police Department and the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office plan to have extra officials patrolling the streets tonight.

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In addition, the Concordia Sheriff’s Office will have its new traffic enforcement unit &045; one officer during the day, one at night &045; on patrol during the holiday, said spokeswoman Kathleen Stevens.

&uot;All our deputies look out for drunk drivers, but for these two deputies particularly, that’s their job &045; looking for DUIs, underage drinking, speeders and reckless driving,&uot; Stevens said.

Natchez police will also have a roadblock set up, although the exact time, date and location weren’t finalized as of Tuesday.

Having such roadblocks during the holiday is a requirement for some grants that help fund the department, Police Chief Mike Mullins said.

Although he had not heard of any &uot;tipsy taxi&uot; services in Adams County, Mullins said he urges those partying tonight to designate a sober driver to get them home safely.

&uot;Don’t go out without one,&uot; Mullins said.

Stevens said the Concordia Sheriff’s Office will offer a tipsy taxi service as well. The office’s number is 336-5231.

&uot;Anything to avoid people being out on the road when they shouldn’t,&uot; Stevens said.