Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers stayed busy throughout the Christmas weekend as they issued more than 6,000 citations and responded to 174 crashes across the state.

The Christmas holiday travel enforcement period ran from Thursday, Ded. 23 at 6 a.m. through midnight on Sunday, Dec. 26. During that time the highway patrol investigated 174 crashes statewide which resulted in 30 injuries including one person killed in a crash Jasper County.

A total of 146 arrests were made across the state for impaired driving along with 589 citations issued for seatbelt and child restraint violations.

Highway Patrol Troop F, which covers Northeast Mississippi including Prentiss and surrounding counties, troopers responded to a total of 14 collisions with one being alcohol-related. One injury was reported.

Troop F issued 92 citations for seatbelt violations and five for child restraint violations. Eighteen arrests were made for DUI and six for drugs including four qualifying as felonies.

The highway patrol will be out in force again this weekend watching for impaired driving during the New Year’s holiday period.

Drive safe. Drive sober.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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