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Highway Patrol continues Memorial Day safety initiative

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will continue the 2017 Memorial Day Travel Enforcement Period safety awareness initiative titled, “Drive to Survive.”

The enforcement period and initiative began Friday, May 26, at 6 p.m. and will conclude Monday, May 29, at midnight.

“Motorists are encouraged to have a “Drive to Survive” mindset and make safe driving along with responsible decisions top priority while traveling,” said Mississippi Highway Patrol Captain Johnny Poulos.

With the anticipation of increased holiday traffic, all available troopers have been 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 2016, MHP investigated 132 crashes with 2 fatalities and made 164 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems throughout the period.

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