New Year makes quiet entry locally

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 2, 2009

NATCHEZ — Aside from the noise of firecrackers and the music coming from downtown’s bars — New Year’s Eve in Natchez was quiet.

On Thursday morning the booking reports at the Natchez Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office didn’t look much different than any other day of the week.

“It was a quiet night,” Police Chief Mike Mullins said. “We didn’t have any real problems at all.”

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The only out of the ordinary arrests were for open container violations on Main Street — and there were only two.

Mullins said holidays traditionally associated with drunk driving accidents don’t always translate to more arrests or accidents in Natchez.

“We just don’t get a lot of that,” he said.

Mullins said he believes anti-drunk driving campaigns and commercials that began years ago are taking root and keeping some people from driving once they’ve had too much to drink.

“I think people are getting the message,” he said. “That’s why we see fewer DUI arrests.”

Sheriff’s Deputy Maj. Jody Waldrop said he believes it’s more than just increased education that keeps the streets a little quieter on holidays.

“People know we’re going to have an increased presence out in the streets,” he said. “Extra law enforcement does help.”

Across the river in Vidalia and Ferriday, crime stats were equally as quiet.

Law enforcement officials there could not be reached for comment.