Mississippi News

2024 Independence Holiday Travel Period

July 3 – The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is preparing for the 2024 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, which will begin on Thursday, July 4 at 6 a.m. and conclude on Sunday, July 7 at 12 midnight.

“As we make the plans to celebrate this Independence Day weekend, let’s also commit to making safety a top priority,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Thank you to all of our law enforcement and first responders for continuing to work through this long weekend to ensure everyone enjoys a fun and safe holiday.”

MHP will utilize a high visibility patrolling plan over the travel period to promote safe travel and reduce fatal crashes. Troopers will monitor motorists to deter speeding, distracted driving, and use safety checkpoints to encourage seat belt usage and remove impaired drivers from roadways.

“The Independence Day holiday is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family and friends,” said Lt. Col. James Ivory, Assistant Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “The Mississippi Highway Patrol strives to provide vigilant and consistent protection for our state and those who travel our roadways throughout the year, especially during the busy holiday travel season. Be safe and smart as you travel during this long holiday weekend.”

During the 2023 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, MHP investigated 76 crashes with four fatalities. There were also 49 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems, along with 508 citations for occupant restraint violations during the holiday travel period.