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Law enforcement to be out in force New Years Eve

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department is pushing their "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign through January third. Sergeant Synarus Green with the department said last year, there were almost six hundred DUI arrests in the Hub City. That is a number the force is trying hard to reduce through the campaign period and everyday on the streets.

"We are going to have checkpoints, we'll have additional DUI officers who are going to be working, some of our units who are traditionally on the highways are going to be in the city," said Green.

Green said while a blood alcohol concentration limit of .08 or higher is above the legal limit, drivers can be arrested for less than that amount.

"If you are still driving impaired, that's still what you can be arrested for. And if you are arrested, you can lose your drivers license, you'll definitely go to jail along with the other fines and penalties that go with it. So it's definitely something you don't want to contest with if you don't have to," said Green.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is another agency that will be out in force this holiday weekend making sure the roads are safe, according to Staff Sergeant James Snyder.

"This is something that comes around very year and the Highway Patrol is prepared for it, over the years we've seen a decrease in fatalities because of our presence," said Snyder.

Officials said the bottom line is those who plan to celebrate the New Year with alcoholic beverages need to have a designated driver or call a cab.

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