The Mississippi Highway Patrol began its Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Enforcement period on Wednesday, and be looking for an increased presence of officers through Sunday.
The enforcement period will end Sunday at midnight, according to a release from MHP.
“We are reminded that Thanksgiving 2019 was a particularly deadly travel period and with the approach of Thanksgiving 2020, we are asking all motorists to use good driving habits as we try to reduce fatalities and injuries this year,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of MHP.
State Troopers will be utilized on all state, federal and interstate systems to combat reckless driving along with speeding and distracted driving issues, the release said.
Safety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the period in order to enforce child restraint and seatbelt laws while also removing impaired drivers.
During the period in 2019, MHP investigated 185 crashes with 10 fatalities and made 95 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems.