Nearly 5,000 tickets were issued by the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol in the first three days of a national campaign aimed at cracking down on drunken drivers.
The push will extend through Labor Day.
Among the 4,967 tickets were 200 seat-belt violations, 69 child-restraint violations and 86 DUI arrests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded MHP a $200,000 grant, allowing an additional 45 troopers on state roads through Sept. 7.
From Southaven to Brookhaven, "these are guys (troopers) who are able to come back on their days off and help us with checkpoints and roadblocks," Walker said.
Okay, now let's do the math on the use of your federal tax dollars to generate revenue for the local governments. Let's say each ticket is $75. At this rate, more than a week before Labor Day, that's $372,525 going to local and state government. Are you ready for another math lesson? There were 86 DUI arrests. The purpose of the road blocks was to "crack down" on drunk drivers. Thus far, a whopping 1.73% of all tickets issued were for the stated purpose of the roadblocks. Are you sure this is the best use of your tax dollars?