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Troopers out in force during Independence Day holiday

Credit: Mississippi Highway Patrol information

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is preparing for the 2023 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, which will begin on Monday, July 3  at 6 a.m. and conclude on Tuesday, July 4 at 12 midnight. 

To promote safe travel and reduce fatal crashes, MHP will utilize high-visibility enforcement activities over the Holiday Travel Period. Troopers will monitor  motorists to deter speeding and distracted driving and use safety checkpoints to encourage seat belt usage and remove impaired drivers from roadways. 

“As we gather with friends and family on this Independence Day, let’s not forget the privilege we have to be citizens of America,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Let’s also remember to  thank our law enforcement officers and agencies across the state who will continue to be  enforcing safety for all Mississippians this holiday weekend.”

“The Fourth of July holiday allows us to celebrate our national independence as United States  citizens with our family and friends,” said Lt. Colonel Malachi Sanders. “Let us be mindful and  concerned for the safety of everyone traveling during this holiday period. The Mississippi Highway Patrol will enforce laws to promote a safe Independence Day.”

During the 2022 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, MHP investigated 224 crashes with  one fatality. There were also 168 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems along with 272 citations for occupant restraint violations during that enforcement period.

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