Ocean Springs Police crackdown on bridge speeders

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Speeding on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge is growing problem police officers want stopped. More than 900 tickets have been issued to speeders since the bridge re-opened in 2007. Ocean Springs Police say they will have zero tolerance for people  who  use the  bridge as a racetrack.

It's is not the Indianapolis 500; it's the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge. Alana Corey, a once a week bridge runner, says many drivers treat it like a speedway.

"I see a lot of people flying up the curb, racing and breaking the 45 mile per hour speed limit," Corey said.

Corey said it's scary to exercise on the bridge at certain times, because speeders could lose control at hit her and other citizens.

"It is hard to get out of the way from a speeding car, no matter how much you try. Slowdown, you can hurt me," Corey said.

Ocean Springs Police have ticketed hundreds of drivers for not slowing down on the bridge. Captain William Jackson says a lot of people don't even realize thy're going too fast.

"It fluctuates, eastbound traffic in the afternoon and westbound traffic in the morning because people are leaving this area going to Harrison County. We catch them a lot of times at night, especially on weekends. We catch them a lot of people from out of state speeding," Captain William Jackson said.

Jackson says to combat the dangerous problem, police have beefed up patrols, and they plan to write more citations if they have to.

"We are not just trying to get the people violating the traffic codes," Jackson said. "But we are trying to help the people that are obeying the traffic codes by keeping them safe and out of harms way."

Captain Jackson says he also asked The Mississippi Department of Transportation to place barriers along the foot of the bridge to protect citizens from speeders and drunk drivers who might lose control of their vehicles.