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MHP reports fewer crashes this year over Labor Day weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its 2017 Labor Day enforcement period Monday at midnight. The period began Friday at 6 p.m. Utilizing all available troopers, MHP issued 3,843 citations with 58 DUI arrests.

Three fatalities occurred over the weekend, as well as 42 injuries in a total of 124 motor vehicle crashes investigated on state and federal highways, and interstates.

“A significant decrease in traffic crashes was recorded for the period compared to last year,” said Capt. Johnny Poulos, MHP director of public affairs, “and we credit this to responsible driving by motorists, statewide law enforcement efforts and safe driving messages promoted by the media.”

Troop M, which is located in Brookhaven, issued a total of 231 citations. Troop M serves Lincoln, Lawrence, Walthall, Pike, Amite, Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin counties.

Of the issued citations, four were for improper use of seatbelt and five for failure to properly restrain a child. Three drivers were arrested and charged with driving under the influence. One drug-related arrest was made and one felony arrest was made.

Nine collisions were investigated by Troop M, none of which involved alcohol or injuries.

On Friday, at approximately 7:55 p.m. MHP Troop F responded to a vehicle crash on MS Hwy. 370 in Tippah County involving a pedestrian. Ronnie K. Russell, 64, of Corinth, was reported to be walking in the westbound lane and was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The collision is being investigated as alcohol-related.

On Saturday, at approximately 1:37 a.m., MHP Troop J responded to a traffic crash on US Hwy. 11 in Lamar County involving two vehicles. A 2006 Toyota Highlander driven by Robert Roblin, 28, of Purvis, was traveling northbound and a 2006 Nissan Murano driven by Dannica Isaac, 32, of Picayune, was traveling southbound. The vehicles collided head-on near the center of the highway. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. This crash remains under investigation.