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MHP begins 2022 Thanksgiving Travel Enforcement Period

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) has begun this year’s Thanksgiving Travel Enforcement Period in an effort to promote safe driving across the state.

From Wednesday at 6:00 a.m. until Sunday at midnight, state troopers will be focusing enforcement efforts on state and federal highways and interstate systems to reduce reckless driving, speeding, and distracted driving issues.

Safety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the period to enforce child restraint and seatbelt laws, while also removing impaired drivers.

“Many Mississippians will be traveling the roads this holiday season to spend time with friends and family,” Commissioner Sean Tindell said. “The Mississippi Highway Patrol will continue to work endlessly to keep those safe on our roadways. Remember to slow down, wear your seatbelt, and avoid texting and driving. Happy Thanksgiving!”

During the 2021 period, MHP investigated 195 crashes with five fatalities and made 158 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems.

“The Mississippi Highway Patrol encourages everyone to drive safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,” Lt. Colonel Malachi Sanders said. “We will work tirelessly with other law enforcement agencies to promote public safety through strict enforcement of the traffic laws. Our primary goal will be preventing vehicle crashes by being visible on state and federal highways.”

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