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Troopers increase patrols for New Year's holiday

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos

BILOXI -- The Mississippi Highway Patrol has beefed up patrols for the New Year's holiday and is warning motorists of increased efforts to take impaired drivers off the road.

State troopers begin their holiday traffic safety campaign tonight at six. The safety campaign runs through midnight Friday.

MHP Capt. Johnny Poulos said troopers will be holding safety checkpoints throughout the state, including the six southern counties patrolled by Troop K, based in Biloxi. He is the MHP's public affairs director.

Motorists who plan to celebrate with alcohol are encouraged to have a designated driver, Poulos said.

Two fatalities occurred on state highways during last year's New Year's holiday period, when troopers investigated a total of 70 crashes.

Most recently, state troopers investigated five fatal collisions over the Christmas weekend, when three others died in crashes on local roads in Harrison County, and four fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Making responsible decisions can help motorists reach their destinations alive, Poulos said.

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