Law enforcement set to increase patrol for holiday.

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Updated: 7/03/2013 5:48 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA)-- The 4th of July holiday is upon us and local law enforcement agencies are preparing by increasing their presence on roadways.

"Through the utilization of grants, we'll have extra troopers working.  We will place those troopers in high traffic areas. We'll also be conducting line patrols as well as saturation details and random drivers license check points around the state," said Trooper Jason Roe.

Trooper Roe says that with more people hitting the highways the number of accidents greatly increase.

He says that is due in part to drunk drivers.

"Our overall goal is to increase patrol to ensure the public that our highways will be safe," said Trooper Roe.

Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards says his department will also be beefing up patrol, and on the lookout for impaired drivers.

He offered this reminder for those who refuse a chemical test.

"When you sign your drivers license you give consent for blood, breath or urine, if you are going to operate a vehicle on the highways of the state of Mississippi.  So, if you elect to refuse, then you can be charged with a DUI refusal," said Sheriff Edwards.

The sheriff says if an officer pulls you over and can smell liquor, then they will perform a field sobriety test or they have portable intoxilizors they can use. 

"If that level is going up or is high enough to be considered DUI, then they'll be brought here to the sheriff's office where the intoxilyzer 8,000, that you've seen in our in intoxilyzer room, they'll be run on that machine," said Sheriff Edwards.

The Sheriff says if a person goes past the legal limit on that machine they'll be charged with DUI.

"We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but we also want everyone to keep in mind that drunk driving, will not be tolerated," said Trooper Roe. 
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