JACKSON, Miss.--Many state troopers are spending their Thanksgiving holiday weekend on the roads, and they're not just out for the fun of it. You can expect to see safety check points, extra patrol troopers and DUI patrol.
Sgt. Johnny Poulos, with Miss. Highway Patrol Public Affairs, said vacations have been canceled for the holiday.
"Here's the thing," he said. "Our officers would love to be home with their families. But, the way they can do that is for these deadly crashes to stop happening."
Last year, two peopl died on Mississippi highways during the Thanksgiving peroid. The Highway Patrol says that's two too many and they are looking for you if you are drinking and driving.
Our News Mississippi crew observed check points on the interstates and highways in different parts of the state Thursday. For instance, on Hwy. 49, there were four troopers patroling on about a ten mile section of highway.
The best advice we can give from our collective experiences with safety checkpoints is to have your vehicle up to date with the inspection, license plate, brake lights, tag light, insurance and, of course, don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.
The holiday ends Monday night. You can look for a report on just how many violations there were Tuesday.