Police focusing on finding drunk drivers

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - City Police Departments throughout South Mississippi are participating in the Over the Limit, Under Arrest campaign.  It's a federal grant that allows officers to do more safety checks during high traffic times.

"With the increased traffic, the danger exists, so that's what we're out here, trying to make it safer," said Capt. Tom Bishop of the Long Beach Police Department.

A recent study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that there is a spike in underage drinking during the Fourth of July holiday, especially among boys.

These road blocks allow officers to check seat belt safety, insurance and other precautions.  However, their main focus is looking for impaired drivers.  Officers also warn that it doesn't take much for a person to become impaired.

"Most people that we deal with, they're impaired...they aren't falling down drunk, staggering drunk. But, all you have to be is impaired to the extent that it is dangerous for you to drive," said Bishop.

However, there is a simple way to avoid ending your fourth celebration in jail:

Don't drink. Don't use any drugs.  If you are going to drive, put some sort of DUI avoidance plan before you get behind the wheel.

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