MHP: 2 fatal accidents over 4th of July weekend

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Highway Patrol has finished its 4th of July holiday enforcement period.

Lt. Johnny Poulos said MHP issued 4333 citations including 125 DUI arrests statewide.

For the Jackson area in Troop C, 22 DUI were issued and four drug arrests were made. Eleven accidents were investigated.

For the state, there were 138 traffic crashes involving two fatalities. The deadly crashed did not happen in Troop C.

On Saturday, 27-year-old Loreal Carter of Dekalb, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet passenger car eastbound on Highway 16 in Kemper County. Vehicle left the roadway and collided with tree. She was pronounced at the scene.

On Sunday, 26-year-old  Amanda Ramshur from Biloxi, MS, was driving a 2006 Toyota SUV northbound on Highway 57 in George County. Vehicle left the roadway, entered Black Creek and was submerged in approximately 25 feet of water. She was pronounced at scene.

Last year, seven people died during the enforcement period.

An additional 48 troopers were added to the ranks for the holiday period.

“These additional Troopers not only made a difference from an enforcement aspect, but greatly improved response times regarding traffic crashes. This was a huge asset taking into account the number of crashes investigated and the inclement weather experienced across the state” said Santa Cruz. Director of MHP, Colonel Donnel Berry, shared similar sentiments. “Visibility of Troopers patrolling the roadways in Mississippi plays a huge role in traffic safety. Drivers are more inclined to focus on their driving habits when Troopers are seen on a regular basis” said Berry.

 

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