MHP reports 1 fatal, citations

Published 12:25 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018

NATCHEZ — Mississippi Highway Patrol reports its “Drive to Survive” Memorial Day campaign from 6 a.m. Friday to midnight Monday and resulted in 5,921 citations with 109 DUI arrests and one traffic fatality.

The fatality occurred when, MHP reported, Ida White, 79, of Louisville drove her 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis into the crossover at Mississippi 25 at Sturgis Road and was struck by a northbound 2011 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jones McArthur of Monroe, La.

White died en route to the hospital and McArthur was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, said Capt. Johnny Poulos, director of MHP’s public affairs division.

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The fatal accident is still under investigation and was one of 156 crashes — resulting in 54 injuries — that occurred throughout the holiday weekend on state and federal highways and interstate systems.

MHP, Troop M, headquartered in Brookhaven that includes Natchez and Adams County, reported 482 incidents within the broader statewide report, including 300 hazard citations, 111 non-hazard citations, four DUIs, one drug arrest, 60 seatbelt violations, six child restraint violations and four motorist assistance reports.

“Results of the ‘Drive to Survive’ campaign show a dramatic increase in seatbelt (717) and child restraint (104) citations compared to 191 seatbelt and 45 child restraint citations for the same period in 2017,” Poulos said. “All available troopers were utilized statewide during the period conducting saturation patrols and safety checkpoints.”