Highway Patrol visible during holiday

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Enforcement Period on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 6 a.m., and conclude Sunday,  Nov. 27, at midnight. 

State troopers will focus enforcement efforts on state and federal highways and interstate systems to reduce reckless driving, speeding, and distracted driving  issues. Safety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the period to enforce child restraint and seat belt laws while also removing impaired drivers. During the 2021 period, MHP investigated 195 crashes with 5 fatalities and made 158 DUI arrests on state and federal  highway systems.  

“Many Mississippians will be traveling the roads this holiday season to spend time with friends  and family,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “The Mississippi Highway Patrol will continue to  work endlessly to keep those safe on our roadways. Remember to slow down, wear your seat belt, and avoid texting and driving. Happy Thanksgiving!” 

“The Mississippi Highway Patrol encourages everyone to drive safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,” said Lt. Col. Malachi Sanders. “We will work tirelessly with other law enforcement agencies to promote public safety through strict enforcement of the traffic laws. Our primary goal will be preventing vehicle crashes by being visible on state and federal  highways.”

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