Seven fatalities in holiday crashes

Seven Mississippi families saw tragedy over the Christmas holidays as their family members were victims of fatal crashes in the state. That’s according to the Christmas Holiday Travel Enforcement Period Summary released Tuesday morning from the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 

The period started at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 and ended Monday, Dec. 26 at 12 midnight.  The deadly crashes occurred in Jones, Sunflower, Jefferson, Attala, Clark, Marion and Pearl River counties. The seven fatalities are compared to just one in 2021.  

Statewide, the Christmas holiday period saw fewer citations (5.294) compared to 2021 (6,520), and fewer DUI arrests (80), compared to last year (146). There were also fewer seatbelt and child restraint violations (472), compared to last year’s 589.  

In Batesville Troop E, which includes DeSoto County, troopers made 14 DUI arrests and six drug arrests. There was also one felony arrest recorded in Troop E’s coverage area.  Troopers stopped vehicles for 47 seat belt violations and four child restraint violations.  

While there were no fatalities recorded in the Batesville coverage area, there were 29 collisions that resulted in six injuries.  

As part of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s “Home for the Holidays” Traffic Safety push, the New Year’s Traffic Enforcement Period will begin on Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. and end on Monday, January 2, at midnight.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob provides content for DeSoto County News and occasionally is heard on the OB Pod podcast talking about area happenings. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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