Holiday weekend fairly safe

Published 12:09 am Tuesday, July 7, 2009

NATCHEZ — Local law enforcement was out in force, but the roads were fairly quiet over the holiday weekend.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M issued eight DUI tickets and investigated four collisions, none of which were fatal or alcohol-related.

“Compared to last year, this was pretty much on the same par,” Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Rusty Boyd said.

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In addition to checking for impaired drivers, the highway patrol had checkpoints to check for any kind of traffic violation, from moving violations to non-moving violations like driving under suspension or expired driver’s licenses, Boyd said.

Louisiana State Police Troop E, which stretches from Concordia Parish to Sabine Parish, made a total of 18 DWI arrests over the weekend, LSP Troop E Public Affairs Officer Scott Moreau said.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office also used checkpoints to screen for impaired drivers over the weekend.

The ACSO is a recipient of a law enforcement grant that requires them to set up two check points a year, one to screen for seat belt and child restraint violations, and the other for DUI.

This weekend was used for the DUI portion of the grant, and Memorial Day weekend was used for the seat belt and child restraint portion of the grant, Sheriff Angie Brown said.

The ACSO booked a total of six people on DUI charges over the weekend, one each on Friday and Saturday, and four on Sunday.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office booked one DWI arrest Saturday.

“We always have extra people out on the holidays,” CPSO Spokesperson Kathleen Stevens said.

The Vidalia Police made one DWI arrest Saturday, and the Ferriday Police booked one person on DWI charges Sunday.

Concordia Fire District No. 2 Chief Nolen Cothern said the fire district responded to two accidents over the weekend, one when a motorcycle driver lost control of his bike and the other when a four-wheeler came unsecured from the truck that was hauling it.