By Jeff Daley – email
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Public Safety "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit,Under Arrest" program is in full swing.
State and local law enforcement as well as law enforcement across the country are involved in an intensive crackdown on getting impaired drivers off the roadways.
Last year 245 people lost their lives in alcohol related crashes with 63 of those coming from September to November. That accounts for 35 percent of all fatal crashes.
The campaign is not only designed to get impaired drivers off the road, but also raise public awareness to the dangers of driving while impaired.
"The main thing is public awareness, trying to make the people aware," said Corporal Todd Miller, Public Information Officer, MHP, Troop J. "We're not saying it's against the law to drink, but we're just asking if you do drink get a designated driver and stay off the roadways."
The highway patrol is also running the campaign in conjunction with their back to school blitz. Last year there were 11 fatalities and 148 injuries involving 16 to 22 year old drivers between September and November.
"We have more people in the Hattiesburg area as well as school kicking back off, USM, JCJC, and some of the colleges in the area, "said Miller.
The campaign runs through Labor Day.