Memorial Day Weekend Expected to be Busy

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Trucks, minivans, and SUVs. No matter what the vehicle, more drivers will be out this weekend due to the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

It's not just drivers who will be out in larger numbers. You'll likely see more law enforcement officers as well.

"The Meridian Police Department has received a grant from the Department of Public Safety Planning that allows us to put officers out on the street, extra officers on the street, that doesn't interfere with normal shift patrol," said Capt. Rick McCary. "And it also doesn't interfere with the city budget."

AAA predicts 5.4% more people will travel this year than last Memorial Day weekend. That's a total of 32.1 million people. With this large number of drivers on the roads, McCary says there is one goal for Meridian police officers.

"It's safety. It's always safety," said McCary. "It's not about writing you a ticket. It's about safety for everybody in the car."

The Meridian Police Department alone will have four extra officers working overtime throughout the holiday weekend.

Their work will include roadside safety checks including a focus on restraints. Along with this increased workforce, comes the Click It or Ticket Campaign that is still in progress.

"For the first 36 hours that we had the campaign, we wrote 53 tickets for seat belt violations and we had 8 child restraint citations for that same period," McCary said.

According to AAA, 83 percent of Americans who plan on traveling will do so by car.

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