Long Arm of Law Extended Through Weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies say they will be out in full force for Labor Day weekend.

It's typically one of the most dangerous holidays for Mississippi motorists.

"There's going to be a lot of traveling on the road. Plus, Hurricane Frances, I'm afraid, will send a lot of traffic our way. I know Georgia's full, with people leaving Florida," said Lt. Ralph Smith of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "Alabama's full and from what I can understand, there's more bleeding over into Mississippi, trying to get away from Hurricane Frances, so that's put a lot of extra traffic on the road."

The Highway Patrol will use about $100,000 in federal grants from the “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” initiative to pay officers to work overtime.