COPY-One death, 4,843 tickets issued over Memorial Day in Mississippi

State law enforcement officials reported four-thousand-843 citations through most of the Memorial Day weekend, including responding to one fatality and issuing 137 drunken driving tickets.
     The Highway Patrol says the fatality occurred in Panola County on state Highway 28. The patrol says 28-year-old Joe Taylor, of Panola, died after his vehicle crashed into a tree. 
     The holiday period ran from Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at midnight. The citations also included five drug arrests, four felony arrests, 119 seat belt violations and 32 child restraint violations.
     The patrol says there were 92 accidents statewide during that time, six of which were alcohol-related. There were 32 injuries reported from the accidents. At the end of the Memorial Day weekend last year, the patrol recorded about seven-thousand citations and six fatalities.

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