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Police: Spring break traffic not bad so far


Biloxi police chief says traffic is moving surprisingly well for a spring break Saturday afternoon.  He told WLOX News the crowds seem much smaller than in previous years.

Nevertheless, police are prepared, just in case traffic bottlenecks, and they need to intervene to get cars moving again.

Spring break visitors have flocked to the coast to kick off a weekend of beach fun, music and socializing. The party is loosely organized, but the police presence is highly organized, with the goal to keep the traffic on Highway 90 moving and the visitors safe.

In the first full day of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break Weekend thousands of visitors from near and far have touched down in Biloxi.

Vacationers are lining the boardwalk, mingling and taking in the view of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. But some springbBreakers say that view is obstructed by an the overwhelming police presence.

"It was disappointing because no one was fighting or anything. Everybody is just trying to have a good time, but that's not going to stop us. We're still going to party and we're going to do it in a positive manner," Cory Atkins said.

But police say, without their noticeable presence, there would be heavy traffic, making it almost impossible to get anywhere.

"You're probably seeing a lot of them now because there's such light traffic. Whereas when the traffic gets heavier, the officers will be a lot more spread out depending on where we congregate and where we're needed at. I just think it's important for us to show that we're out here and that we're ready for the weekend," officer Jim Adamo said.

It's still a little early to tell just how many people will be in town. But whether this year draws a huge crowd our not, these visitors say they're just here to have a good time.

"We're just coming to party, we're just coming to have some fun. Everybody is coming together," Atkins said.

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