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Law Enforcement Officers Set Up Labor Day Weekend Roadblocks

Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times to be out on the road, and that's why lawmen are out in full force this holiday weekend.

"What brings us out particularly, is this is the last big weekend of the summer. It's kind of like the last hoorah. So, we want to make sure that folks just don't indulge too much and they are responsible," says Capt. Windy Swetman of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Since four o'clock Friday afternoon, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department has been setting up random roadblocks throughout the county. On Saturday, they set up a check point in D'Iberville.

"Most of our citations have been for expired tags, expired driver's license, no seatbelt, things of that nature. It's been relatively a good weekend so far. We haven't had any reports of fatality or serious injury," Capt. Swetman says.

And the Sheriff's Department wants to keep it that way.

"Absolutely. We're going to have these safety checkpoints set up throughout tonight and tomorrow to make sure that, you know, we started it on early Friday and we'll run it until late Monday," Swetman says.

And driver's should remember, you can now get a ticket and fined for not wearing your seatbelt.

"We just want to encourage our motorists to buckle up. They're doing a good job since the new mandatory law has gone into effect, and we want to continue to reinforce them to buckle up because statistics show that you reduce your chances of serious injury or fatality by simply putting your seatbelt on," Swetman says.

By Toni Miles

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