Troopers patrolling state highways this weekend

Look for troopers out on the highways working the Independence Day holiday weekend to keep Mississippi safe. 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2021 Fourth of July Holiday Enforcement Period on Friday, July 2, at 12:01 a.m. and conclude Monday, July 5, at 12 midnight. 

State troopers will place emphasis on saturation patrols to combat speeding and reckless driving. Safety checkpoints will be established throughout the period in order to promote seatbelt usage. 

“We will step up our enforcement efforts during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend and continue to work with our law enforcement partners across the state,” said Lt. Col. Malachi Sanders, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “Our goal is to deter distracted driving, remove impaired drivers, and lower the number of vehicle crashes on our roadways.”

During the Fourth of July holiday period in 2020, MHP investigated 137 crashes with four fatalities and made 116 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems. Due to the increase of summer traffic MHP is asking motorists to make responsible decisions while traveling and to join in making roads safer in Mississippi.

DeSoto County News Service

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