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Highway patrol begins Memorial Day enforcement period

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will kick off the 2018 Memorial Day Travel Enforcement Period with its annual safety awareness initiative  “Drive to Survive.” The enforcement period and initiative will begin Friday, May 25, at 6 p.m. and conclude Monday, May 28, at midnight.

With distracted driving issues becoming more prevalent on Mississippi roadways, we urge drivers to have a “Drive to Survive” mindset and make safe driving a top priority.

“We’re asking people to lower their speeds, avoid driver distractions, wear the seatbelts and just focus on driving, make it from point A to point B,” said Captain Johnny Poulos.

All available troopers will be assigned saturation patrols in an effort to maximize visibility and reduce traffic crashes. Safety checkpoints will also be established to prevent impaired driving and promote seatbelt usage.

In 2017, MHP investigated 122 crashes with 2 fatalities and made 110 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems throughout the period.

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