The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force during the holidays and will join other state and local law enforcement agencies to make Mississippi highways and roads safer during the holiday season. Various checkpoints and saturations will be set up to detain those who choose to drink and, drive and hopefully deter others from drinking and driving.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a public safety campaign initiative involving state, city and county law enforcement officers across the United States. It will be implemented during a three week period, encompassing the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday (December 18, 2014 through January 3, 2015).
Total traffic fatalities for 2012 nationwide were 33,561; 10,322 were alcohol impaired driving fatalities, which was 31% of the total traffic fatalities. Mississippi is ranked number five (5) in the nation for alcohol related fatalities with 10.35 per capita fatalities respectively. According to 2012 statistics, there were a total of 582 traffic deaths in Mississippi. There were also 179 alcohol related deaths, which accounted for 31% of the total fatalities; of which 18% were between the ages of 25-34.
This time of year is especially dangerous due to frequent holiday festivities. When celebrating during the holiday season, always have safety in mind. Wear your seatbelt, utilize child restraints and obey all traffic laws. Together, we can make this holiday, and every holiday safe for traveling. Tunica County Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to use these tips to plan a safe holiday:
- Designate a non-driving driver to make sure you and everyone with you arrive home safely.
- Don’t get in a car with someone who has been drinking.
- Obey all traffic laws to ensure safety to and from your destination.
- Do not provide or purchase alcohol to anyone underage.
It is a proven fact, that during the holiday season, there are an increased number of drivers on the road, and being safe, by all means, is always of utmost importance.
Sheriff K.C. Hamp encourages everyone to enjoy this holiday season and to be safe and happy. Please remember that the law requires you to be 21 years of age to drink. If you are over 21 and plan on drinking, remember to always start with the end in mind…designate a driver so that everyone can have a safe and happy holiday.
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