Police prepare to keep Spring Break traffic moving in Biloxi - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Police prepare to keep Spring Break traffic moving in Biloxi


BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Police will be very visible on U.S. Highway 90 throughout the weekend as authorities work to keep traffic moving.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller told WLOX News Friday, since the organizers of the internet-hyped Black Spring Break event did not meet with police or share any concrete plans, his department must prepare for an unknown number of visitors.

A similar event in 2000 brought thousands of people and cars to Highway 90 resulting in gridlock.

Friday morning, Biloxi Police and law enforcers from other coast departments had officers, vehicles and a command center set up in the south parking lot of Edgewater Mall. Miller has plenty of manpower, with 180 to 200 officers available at any given time.

While the police presence may seem extreme to some, Miller said his main goal is to keep traffic moving along U.S. 90. Barricades are already in place along U.S. 90 to shut off side streets if necessary. Police are also prepared to reduce traffic to one lane in each direction in order to allow for emergency vehicles to get by. There is also a plan in place to 'vent' or divert traffic off of U.S. 90.

Click here to see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Spring Break traffic plan.

Biloxi is printing 10,000 flyers to display at businesses and give to visitors reminding them of rules on the beachfront to keep them safe. The flyers read, "Respect the rights of others and exercise common courtesy. That's all that's needed at spring break or any event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast." Click here to see a pdf copy of the handout.

The flyers remind everyone to follow traffic laws, including not to block traffic, to wear seat belts and park only in marked parking areas. They also outline the rules for the beach, like no glass and no pets. 

Steve Phillips will have more on preparations for weekend traffic later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly