DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department officials say they were part of a recent campaign with other law enforcement agencies to make a dent in the number of drunk and drugged drivers on the road.
Called the Whiskey Unit, deputies with help from the department’s Patrol Division took part in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
The unit, working with other agencies, such as the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Tunica County Sheriff’s Office and the Walls Police Department, were involved. They conducted several safety checkpoints and high visibility saturation patrols throughout the county during the period of Aug. 18-Sept. 4.
A total of 977 traffic stops were conducted in the two-week period, which resulted in 48 DUI citations, 31 narcotics-related arrests, and 131 outstanding warrants served.