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MHP begins official 2023 Thanksgiving holiday travel period

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is reminding travelers to practice safe driving throughout the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26 as the official Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

In 2022, MHP issued over 9,000 citations – including 172 DUI arrests and 645 seatbelt citations – while reporting a total of six fatalities and 43 injuries.

“As you are making plans to travel for Thanksgiving, let’s remind ourselves of the importance of safe driving habits,” Commissioner Sean Tindell said. “Remember to slow down, buckle up, and avoid texting and driving. The Mississippi Highway Patrol will continue to work tirelessly to promote safety for everyone traveling in our state.”

According to the MHP, troopers will be present on highways and interstate systems throughout the travel period to remind drivers that safety is the top priority.

“We ask for the motoring public’s help as we work together to reduce fatal traffic crashes during our Thanksgiving travel season,” Colonel Randy Ginn added. “With your help, we will keep our highways safe.”

Travelers that are in need of help from a MHP trooper will be able to request assistance or report reckless drivers by dialing *47 (*HP) on their cellular device.

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