Lessons learned from long spring break weekend

Lessons learned from long spring break weekend

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi police officers exhaled Monday.  It was their first chance to review what appeared to be a very enjoyable spring break weekend. An estimated 35,000 people visited the Biloxi area for three days of spring break fun.

"Our infrastructure is really not conducive to crowds like that," Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said Monday afternoon.  "If we have more than we had this year, it's going to be very difficult."

One of the traffic issues officers must address has to do with walkers darting from the north side of Hwy. 90 to the beach without paying attention to the traffic congesting the two line highway.

"That's one of the issues at the top of my list, to better control that," Miller said.  "It just delays traffic to the point where it's ridiculous."

The chief says in the coming months he'll have his team develop a plan to limit where walkers can cross Hwy. 90.

The biggest surprise for police Saturday night was near the Vieux Marche. Miller said more people showed up at bars on that end of the city than anyone anticipated.  Consequently, the fire department had to enforce capacity limits to make sure things didn't get out of hand.

Miller said his officers made 10 DUI arrests during spring break.  They busted two people for marijuana possession, and they arrested just one person for disorderly conduct.

Despite the crowds, the chief was pleased with how his officers handled 35,000 guests crammed onto Hwy. 90 and the adjacent boardwalk.

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