Mississippi Authorities Increase Patrols for DUI Initiative

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says it will increase patrols as part of a national initiative called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz says 30 percent of all fatal automobile crashes in Mississippi are alcohol-related.

A news release says the Department of Public Safety has distributed federal grants to pay overtime to put additional officers on duty to arrest drunk and drugged drivers.

The campaign is a two-week effort continuing through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The enforcement campaign is coupled with an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.