Troopers out in force for weekend

May 25, 2013 10:46:06 PM



JACKSON -- The Mississippi Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement with an additional 252 troopers on the road for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 


Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz says in a news release that the Highway Patrol will have all available resources out this weekend "to encourage motorists to obey the rules of the road." 


The Highway Patrol will use about $93,000 of federal grants to put an additional 252 troopers on the road during the Memorial Day holiday period. 


The patrol says there were no fatal crashes investigated by troopers over the period last year and officials are hoping for a repeat. 


Last years, troopers issued 8,367 tickets, investigated 101 crashes and made 246 DUI arrests over the period.