Warning Signs Alert Drivers About Spring Break Rules

David Prahl is a lieutenant with the Biloxi Police Department. He was in charge of the group that put out 110 "left lane emergency vehicles only" signs, 100 "no parking on median" warnings, and 50 "parking in parking bay only" signs.

Prahl said the temporary signs were hammered into medians to aid spring break drivers "just to make sure that all the preparations are taken care of," he said, "that nobody in the city has any questions about which way to travel and what routes to use."

Police don't want there to be any questions about what spring breakers should and shouldn't do this weekend either. So for the second straight year, they posted a spring break code of conduct on Biloxi's web site and in several stores.

It reminds guests that glass isn't allowed on the beach, that profanity and nudity are against the law, and that you can't ride on tailgates, bumpers, roofs or hoods of moving vehicles.

"We're just trying to educate the public," Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan said. "Abide by that and everybody have a good time and have a lot of fun."

There's been a lot of talk the last few days about police making sure local people get where they need to go this weekend. Chief Dunagan said that's the ultimate goal. But he said there's no guarantee that showing your driver's license to an officer will get you out of spring break traffic.

"We're going to try and get you there," Dunagan warned. "But be patient. It's going to take a long time. We don't have the magic secret highway hidden away here on the Coast that we can put everybody on and route them around."

Chief Dunagan said the spring break traffic plan begins sometime after noon on Friday.

More than 100 out of town officers will assist Coast law enforcement agencies during spring break weekend. According to Chief Dunagan, two justice department officials will be on the coast as well. They'll monitor how emergency crews handle the expected crowds.