Friendly City not so friendly to drunk drivers

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The last major holiday of the summer is just three weekends away. Labor Day gives people one last chance to let down their hair. If you get a bit too tipsy, don't drive.  If you do, steer clear of Long Beach, or be prepared to go to jail.

Long Beach just sent out a news release to let you know the Friendly City's police force is part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.  So are other police departments across South Mississippi.

Starting this weekend, extra patrolmen will monitor city streets. They'll set up checkpoints, and be on the lookout for impaired drivers. The idea of this program is make sure you safely get where you're going.

The other cities participating in this effort will be released Wednesday when the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety holds a news conference.  That meeting will reinforce the importance of not getting behind the wheel if you've been drinking.

A news release from the highway safety group says over the last five years, Harrison County ranks second in Mississippi in alcohol-related deaths.  Jackson County is fourth, Hancock County eighth, Pearl River County 12th and Stone County ranks 40th.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 10,000 people die each year on roads across America due to drunk driving.

The Long Beach campaign begins this Friday and runs through September 1.

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