DUI Crackdown Set to Start

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

On Thursday local law enforcement gathered in Meridian to announce the start of the latest blitz on drunk and impaired driving.

This year the Labor Day blitz is being called "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over." Officers say this program works, no matter what it's called.

"The campaign itself just heightens public awareness," says Andy West with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, "and it seems to decrease the number of impaired drivers that we see on the highway."

"Our number of DUI's are way down from years past," echoes Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Officers say this program is not about the amount of arrests they make through sobriety check points and increased road presence. Instead, they say it's about changing the way people think about drinking and driving.

"We're trying to keep our streets safe," says Captain Rick McCary with the Meridian Police Department, "we don't anyone getting injured, and that's why we get out and push these during the holiday periods."

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" will run nationwide from August 19th through September 5th.


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  • by cw on Aug 20, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    its ok to have SAFETY CHECKS but when they write tickets for out of date stickers that, no one inspects for anymore ,its for taxes and and money only,, the same for expired tags, it has nothing to do with SAFETY,this makes it a SAFETY SCAM.
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Aug 20, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    To Ben and Anonymous: I know for a fact law enforcement gets funding from different organizations in the form of grants etc. for these road blocks and anti-DUI activities. I have no problem with officers/deputies doing their job, but you cannot deny that there is a component of generating revenue. Just like with speeding tickets. If there isn't, then all funds collected from a DUI stop should be immediately dispersed to charitable organizations that are not part of the government machine. Why don't they set up there road blocks outside of bars/clubs? Thats where the DUIs are. Why pull me over when they have NO PROBABLE CAUSE? Can we see your papers please...hmmm...seems reminiscent of a country I did work in...the Soviet Union. Hmmm.
  • by Amazed on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    I'm always amazed by the people who think the police are just out to harass people. If there's a warrant for your arrest you should be fair game no matter where you are or how they come across you! If you weren't such an idiot to have a warrant in the first place then you wouldn't have anything to worry about, now would you?? THANK YOU POLICE, for keeping some drunk stupid idiot from killing me or someone I love! GOD BLESS YOU for working overtime to ensure our safety!
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Aug 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    I wonder how many injuries and deaths have been prevented because of DUI Crackdowns? Cheers for this preventative measure--and for trying to make the roads safe for my family, me, and everyone else. Folks, PLEASE use some common sense...DON'T drink and drive! The price is just too high!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    RC you do understand that most officer's goals are not some cheap award by MADD or anyone else. The goal is to get drunks off the roadway the award is just icing on the cake.
  • by Jimmie on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    Yeah for stopping DUIs meh for cops making their funding increase.
  • by Driver on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    I have a valid Driver's License. I wear my seat belt. I have Insurance. I don't speed. I don't drink and drive. I won't be able to help in the statistics they use to justify the grants, but I'm glad Law Enforcement is out their doing their job, regardless if they receive additional compensation for it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    how much did it cost to change the name of the program?
  • by unknown on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:38 AM
    I have know problem with them doing their job, but dont use this as a way of generating money with the illegal roadblocks trying to look for people with warrants. Know your rights their business is with the driver not the passengers in these cars, so if they violate your civil rights by harassing you do something about it.we have murders that have not been solved .
  • by Ben Location: Marion on Aug 18, 2011 at 10:30 PM
    To.. RC.. There is no grant paying for any secound of time my department will be putting into this effort. I would love for it to be covered by a grant to not have our citizens foot the bill but I am sure no one on here would have a problem with law enforcement stepping up patrol during the times D.U.I's can increase for the year. For me and my department it is about the safety of the public. I get no more money if we arrest 300 D.U.I's then if we get 1. I would rather my guys and girls stop 100 cars with 50 intoxicated persons in it BUT they have a sober driver to get them home safely. So let it be known here and now,,,, I am not looking for numbers but I am looking for safe passage for all persons on the roadways during this time and after this period is over. PLEASE EVERYONE THINK ABOUT EVERYONE'S LOVE ONES WHEN WE GET ON THE RAODWAYS. This is about safety and love and we care about everyone that travel a step in Marion. I beg all to be safe during this holiday and everyday. God Bless us all and keep us in his arms. If I offended anyone for what I said and thinking God for his his mercy... I am sorry but that is what I believe in.
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