Compared to last year, the number of highway fatalities for the Meridian area is down. It sounds like good news. However, highway patrol officials say that's not necessarily so.
"We've experienced so far this year in Troop H a decline in traffic fatalities as compared to last year. However, we have had an increase in November, especially locally," said Sgt. Ronnie Carter, meaning Lauderdale County.
In November alone, four people have died in fatal accidents on state roads. Not only that, but of the 8 counties that Troop H covers, Lauderdale County has experienced the highest number of fatal accidents so far this year with eight.
"Speed is always going to be a factor in the severity of a crash," Carter said.
With 35 fatal accidents in Troop H's jurisdiction so far this year, officials say, compared to last year's 70 deaths, state roadways in our area have been safer this year.
In order to keep it this way officials say motorists must continue to obey the laws when it comes to driving, especially during holiday periods such as now.
"Just remember, a lot of traffic. It's going to take patience. Just be mindful of those things," said Carter.