137 DUI arrests during Labor Day enforcement period

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its Labor Day enforcement period which began Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, September 1, 2014 at midnight.

During that time, the Mississippi Highway Patrol reports the organization issued 4,018 citations, including 137 DUI arrests.

Public Affairs Director Lieutenant Johnny Poulos said the number of citations and DUI arrests are down in comparison to Labor Day weekend 2013.

"I want to attribute that to good decisions by motorists," he said. "There were a lot less accidents, and it's because of good decisions by drivers."

According to data from MHP, 191 citations were issued for seal belt use, and 33 because of child restraints. Over the weekend, 113 motor vehicle accidents were investigated. Those accidents included 35 injuries and two fatalities.

On August 30, 2014 at approximately 11:37 p.m., Randy Brassell, a 44-year-old male from Courtland, Mississippi, was killed in a single vehicle accident on Highway 35 in Panola County. The 2011 Nissan Maxima he was driving ran off the highway an collided into a dirt embankment and tree.

On September 1, 2014 at approximately 2:34 a.m., Frances Barnes, a 23-year-old from Port Gibson, was killed in a single vehicle accident on Highway 547 in Claiborne County. The 2006 Pontiac passenger car she was driving ran off the highway and into a dirt embankment.

Of the 113 accidents investigated, the MHP only reports six as alcohol-related collisions.

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