Memorial Day weekend was a deadly time on the highways around the state of Mississippi. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol, there were 129 accidents over the three-day weekend including three fatalities. The numbers represent an increase from the 101 accidents and zero deaths that occurred last Memorial Day.
A spokesperson for the department says that over the same period, state troopers issued 7,380 traffic citations, including 177 arrests for driving under the influence. The especially aggressive traffic enforcement campaign was the result of federal grant money, which allowed the Highway Patrol to place an additional 250 officers on the road over the holiday period. The numbers this year were plenty high enough, but were eclipsed by last year. According to troopers, more than 8,300 citations were issued last year and 246 DUI arrests were made.