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Ocean Springs Lights Up Lead-Foot Drivers

If flashing signs don't slow down drivers, Ocean Springs police say their blue lights will do the trick.

"If we put higher visibility of our officers out there on the bikes, the cars, people are starting to slow down," Lt. Bucky Harris with the Ocean Springs Police Department said.  

They're achieving higher visibility through an expanded traffic division. The O.S.P.D has added three more officers with bikes and patrol cars has helped police rack up higher numbers. This year, they've written more than 3,000 tickets. That's 50 percent more than last year.

Lt. Harris says slower speeds have helped put the brakes on accidents. They've had 200 fewer accidents than in 2006.

"So far this year, we've had zero fatalities on our roads, and that's what we want, safety for the public," Lt. Harris said.  

The riskiest place for Ocean Springs drivers is along Highway 90. The speed limit is 55, but the average ticket being written is for 75 to 85 miles per hour.

In November, police wrote more than 100 tickets for speeding on the Ocean Springs side of the bridge. The area is still under construction, but Lt. Harris says police have caught drivers going 40 miles over the limit.

"I would say our traffic has increased 20 percent more since that bridge has opened up, so that 35 miles an hour limit is a safe speed for them," Lt. Harris said.  

And for any drivers who choose to put the pedal to the metal in this city, Lt. Harris promises, his ticket book will be ready. 

If you do travel on the bridge, keep in mind that fines for speeding in a construction zone are doubled when workers are present, so you could be looking at a ticket of about $350.

By Keli Rabon

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