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Highway patrol advises holiday drivers to buckle up and put down the phone

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol is cautioning drivers to take extra care during the upcoming holiday weekend.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the low price of gasoline, MHP is expecting heavy traffic on the state’s highways. Combine that with the likelihood of rain for the next couple of days, and roads could become dangerous.

MHP’s Memorial Day enforcement period starts Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Monday at midnight. The “Drive to Arrive” period puts more manpower on the roads and sets up checkpoints to screen for impaired drivers and ensure folks are using their seatbelts.

Distracted drivers are also a focus for MHP, so put down the cellphones and don’t attempt to text and drive.

In 2019, MHP investigated 148 crashes and one fatality during the Memorial Day weekend.

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Governor’s sign-language interpreter arrested

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(Photo source: WAPT)

Gregory Goldman, 52, was arrested Sunday in Madison County for aggravated domestic violence, WAPT reports.

Goldman, who frequently provides sign language interpretation for Gov. Tate Reeves during his news conferences, has also signed for Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during major press events.

Goldman is employed by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.

There are few details available about the allegations that led to his arrest. Goldman was released on $1,000 bond Monday.

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Huge pothole closes down I-20 on-ramp

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(photo by Sean Wright)

Numerous vehicles were damaged Friday night after hitting a pothole on the Interstate 20 eastbound ramp from Indiana Avenue.

Apparently, the pothole expanded Friday due to the rain. One victim of the pothole estimated at least 10 vehicles were damaged in a short time.

Vicksburg police have closed the ramp to allow crews to fill in the pothole.

The repairs may take several hours. Please take an alternate route.

 

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At least four accidents reported on Vicksburg’s rain-slick roads in an hour

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Rollover accident at Gibson and China Grove roads Friday night (photo by David Day)

With Friday’s rainy weather making roads slick, Vicksburg has seen a rash of accidents since around 5 p.m.

A wreck on Porter’s Chapel Road near the intersection of Halls Ferry Road is at least the third accident reported.

Result of a wreck on Porter’s Chapel Road Friday. (photo by David Day)

There are reportedly some very minor injuries to the occupants of the vehicle involved.

Other accidents have been reported on Fisher Ferry Road, and near the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and U.S Highway 61 North. The Highway 80 accident also had minor injuries.

A fourth accident on Gibson and China Grove roads involved a rollover, but no injuries have been reported.

Slow down, folks. The life you save could be your own.

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