Mississippi and Alabama Highway Patrol Officers were spread all along Highway 80 near the state line on Saturday morning to make drivers aware of their presence on roads this holiday weekend. Authorities say they will be strictly enforcing the law.
While our photographer was on the scene Saturday morning, officers say they arrested one man on suspicion of driving drunk. Authoriities tell us all motorists should be on the lookout for drunk drivers this weekend.
"Goes to show you that drunk drivers begin when they get up or when they go to bed or if they ever go to bed," MHP Master Sgt. Andrew Emerson says. "So, it's always an important issue to wear a seatbelt because people are drinking and driving. Also, this time last year during the same period, we lost nine people on the highways. We just want to emphasize the usage of seatbelts, child restraints, and don't drink and drive."
Authorities say they are working to bring the number of people killed on roads from nine last year to zero this year.