SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - During the holidays, law enforcement officials say they usually prepare for an increased number of accidents with fatalities. Fortunately for this Christmas holiday, the statistics weren't as bad.
"We're out here working to keep people safe," Cpl. Benjamin Seibert said.
Seibert works for Mississippi Highway Patrol. He says he may be the last person you want to see while you're out celebrating for the holidays, but he won't stop trying to keep those traveling in his community safe.
"We hate to inconvenience someone with our checkpoints and our increased enforcement, but the last thing we want to do is do a fatality notification on the holidays," Seibert said.
With help from the media to shine light on holiday traffic concerns and increased law enforcement, Seibert says MHP was fortunate to end its 2014 Christmas enforcement period with no roadway fatalities to report in the state.
Even though the Christmas holiday is over, Seibert says they're anticipating the New Year's traffic rush, so he has a few tips for you motorists.
"When you get behind the wheel in that car, you can die. If you're not being safe, driving recklessly, drinking or not wearing your seat belt, those chances go way up," Seibert said. "Another key thing, we have such a problem out here on I-10. Anytime we have a minor accident or something that slows traffic down, we have several wrecks behind us. We need people to understand I-10 could come to a complete stop at any time, and we need people paying attention."
Seibert says highway patrol troopers issued a total of 103 citations and made four DUI arrests during their Christmas holiday enforcement period.
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