Vicksburg, Warren County celebrate Labor Day without major incident

Published 9:17 am Thursday, September 8, 2016

Vicksburg and Warren County spent a relatively quiet Labor Day, according to information from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Vicksburg Police.

Both departments had extra officers patrolling the streets and roads, paying special attention for impaired drivers.

“We had a very safe weekend,” said Sheriff Martin Pace. “We had no major traffic problems and no fatalities. Everyone had a good weekend.”

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In town, Vicksburg police issued 265 traffic citations and made 57 arrests during the period, according to statistics from the department.

Of the traffic tickets issued, 54 were for seatbelt violations and two were for DUI. Officers also worked 21 wrecks with one injury. None of the wrecks were DUI-related, deputy chief Bobby Stewart said. Officers also issued four tickets for child restraint violations and gave 56 warnings. One felony arrest occurred during a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation when officers discovered during a records check the driver of the car had an outstanding warrant.

“We had a very calm Labor Day,” Police Chief Walter Armstrong said. “We had a big football game Friday night that went on without problems, and we had extra officers out over the long weekend. It cost us money in overtime, but it was necessary to do it for the holiday.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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