Law enforcement prepares for busy weekend

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - This is the last Friday in the year 2017 and as we head into the busy weekend, law enforcement will also be super busy with an increase in patrols.

Ringing in the new year can be fun, exciting and a good time with family and friends, but law enforcement officials will be out in full force.

“We will have additional deputies out throughout the weekend period. They are paid for through grant through federal and state government to identify and remove those impaired drivers who endanger themselves and others,” Sheriff Billy Sollie says.

As always, the number of officers and deputies on the streets will be higher, looking to ensure the safety of those taking in the New Year responsibly.

“Leave early. If you do go out on the town and choose to impair yourself always remember that taxi fares are a lot cheaper than an attorney fee,” Sollie says.

With expected rain and temperatures dipping into the teens, it might be a good idea to know where you will be come Sunday night. If you do plan on drinking alcohol in a place you do not intend on spending the night, then you should plan ahead. Find a designated driver because you don’t want to end up in jail or in a wreck.

“We had a fatality this past weekend and indications are the individual was not restrained and was ejected from his vehicle. That seatbelt is there for your safety to prevent additional injuries if you are involved in a crash,” Sollie says.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will be enforcing the New Year’s holiday through Monday.

The holiday enforcement period began Friday morning and will continue through Monday at midnight.