Officers will be out in force, stepping up patrols

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Thanksgiving weekend brings many traditions: turkey and family gatherings, the Egg Bowl and other college football games, parties and the biggest shopping day of the year.

And as with most holidays, Vicksburg police and Warren County sheriff’s deputies will be out in force looking for traffic problems and impaired drivers. And because Thanksgiving evening and “Black Friday,” the Friday after Thanksgiving, mark the start of the Christmas shopping season, they will also be looking out for those who may try to do their holiday shopping at someone else’s expense.

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“I’ve already got it lined up for extra officers to be out, and we’re going to patrol these shopping centers,” Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore said. “We will be doing DUI enforcement. I’ve got extra guys coming out for traffic and DUI enforcement.”

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said he will have a full contingent of deputies out during the holiday weekend.

“Obviously, traffic is a major concern during the holiday periods,” he said. “We will have no tolerance for driving under the influence, so we encourage anyone who is going to have alcohol in their festivities to stay home.”

Moore said if people are going to be out shopping, they need to lock packages in the trunk of their car and make sure their vehicles are locked.

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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