MHP Officers Get Field Training

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

About 11,000 people are arrested every year in Mississippi for drunk driving.
It comes with stiff penalties, but that hasn't stopped people from doing it.

Highway patrol officers received field sobriety training Wednesday to help combat the problem.

Twenty-seven officers came to Meridian from across Mississippi to get re-certified in this aspect of their duties.

"What the instructors are doing, they're teaching a three-day refresher or re-certification course on standardized field sobriety," said CPL Andy West, MHP spokesman.

The standardized field sobriety testing is standard across the entire state of Mississippi as well as the entire United States, with a variety of tests to review.

"We have individuals who volunteer to come in and be dosed with alcohol so that law enforcement officers can use live individuals, instead of just reading it out of a textbook," West said.

The sobriety tests can be directly applied in the real world. These tests are exactly what officers will perform in the field.

According to Trooper Walter Blakeney, all of the tests help when determining if an individual is intoxicated.

"Well, every one of the tests we do, each one of them has its own way of showing you if someone is above the legal limit," Blakeney said.

These tests will help officer build their case for court.

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