Ocean Springs police ramp up holiday patrols

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Drivers passing on Ocean Springs Road New Year's Eve night were met by flashing blue lights and more than a dozen police officers.  The police were out making sure drivers on this street were safe and sober.

"We are looking for anything any violation that maybe occurring," Police officer Calvin Robertson said.

It didn't take long for the police to find a suspect.

"Don't you dare," a suspect screams as he is being arrested on camera.

"Within 20 minutes we already arrested one for DUI at our safety check point and that is why we are out here doing it," Ocean Springs Police officer said.

Police said during News Years they find some people tend get caught up in the excitement of the holiday.  Police said the danger is drivers drink a lot and then jump behind the wheel.

"New Year's Eve and New Years would be the typically the highest amount of intoxicated drivers on the road." Steven Dye said. "It is a large celebration tonight and usually alcohol is involved."

Law enforces are warning drivers that extra police will be in neighborhoods throughout the city this holiday weekend.  Police said their mission is to curb crime and hopefully save a life on the road.

"People that drive impaired are not only putting themselves in danger, but they are also putting other motorist in danger," Officer Dye said

"We don't want any injuries or fatalities," Officer Robertson said.

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