Residents are being urged to celebrate responsibly as they mark the close of 2020.

With New Year’s Eve coming Thursday and leading into a long weekend, local law enforcement is preparing to step patrols and officials are asking everyone to avoid mixing alcohol and automobiles.

“We ask that you be careful and please, please don’t drink and drive,” said Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance.

He said they are expecting a lot more traffic on the roads during the long weekend and it’s literally a life or death matter for motorists to not get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.

“We encourage those who do choose to drink to have a designated driver,” he said.

Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell echoed those sentiments.

“Vehicles and alcohol simply don’t mix,” he said. “We want everyone to have a happy and safe new year.”

Dance and Caldwell said their departments will be boosting the number of officers and deputies on the road through the busy weekend and Dance said they also plan to conduct safety checkpoints to keep an eye out for drunk drivers and other violations.

The police chief said common sense and common courtesy can go a long way. He encourages drivers to take their time, be patient and always remember to wear their seatbelts.

Dance also said he wants to remind everyone to abide by all current rules and orders regarding coronavirus safety, including wearing masks in indoor public places.

“We all have to continue to be vigilant,” he said.

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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