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Mississippi roadways were deadly during holiday weekend

The Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend was a deadly one in Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 

The Traffic Enforcement Report for the weekend beginning Wednesday morning, Nov. 23 and ending at midnight Sunday night, Nov. 27 indicated six fatalities on state highways and interstates during the period. The number includes a pedestrian struck and killed in Marshall County.  

Terry S. Scroggins, age 30 of Ashland died Sunday morning at about 9:30 a.m. when an unknown vehicle struck and killed him while walking west on I-22 in Marshall County. The accident remains under investigation with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.  

The other five fatalities took place from separate accidents in Stone, Scott, Leake, Rankin, and Clarke counties.  

The six motor vehicle deaths this year are compared to five last year. There were fewer citations (9,179) issued statewide during the weekend, compared to 9,922 in 2021. However, there were more DUI arrests (172) issued in 2022 compared to last year (158), and fewer seat belt and child restraint violations written this year (645), against last year’s 774 citations.  

In Troop E’s coverage area that includes DeSoto County, there were 30 DUI arrests during the weekend and three drug arrests.  Of 17 collisions reported by Troop E troopers, there were four injuries along with the one fatality.  

MHP Traffic Enforcement Period totals. Troop E is the Batesville-based troop area that includes DeSoto County. (Courtesy Mississippi Highway Patrol)

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