PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Police across south Mississippi are beefing up patrols for the July 4th holiday to make sure folks are driving smart and safe. Tuesday, Patrice Clark caught up with a group of Pascagoula patrolmen looking for drivers who are not obeying the rules of the road.
Pascagoula Police began their Fourth of July crackdown with safety checkpoints at the beach. The officers also ran radar on some of the busier streets.
"Anybody not behaving, or drinking and driving, they will be dealt with accordingly," Blythe said.
Less than five minutes after police set up on Chico Street, Patrolman Curtis Morse pulled over a driver.
"I caught you doing 45 in a 30 mile per hour speed zone," Morse told the driver before writing him a ticket.
Officer Morse said when he stops people, a common response is they're are not from around here.
"We have speed limit signs just as they have speed limit signs where they come from," Morse said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40,000 people in the U.S. die each year on the road, and the Fourth of July one of the deadliest days. Officer Chris Blythe said that's why it's vital to increase police presence to avoid any accidents.
"People are having a good time, and they take their minds off driving," said Blythe.
"We want people to have a good time, but then again we want people to abide by the laws."
Following the rules of the road, the officers said, could keep you from paying hefty fine and even save your life.