The Mississippi Highway Patrol will be out in full force to protect you this Thanksgiving.
The Highway Patrol has begun their 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Period and it will end on Sunday at midnight.
Due to the anticipation of heavy traffic, the MHP will participate in Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort during the holiday period.
As part of Operation CARE, State Troopers will place emphasis on saturation patrols to combat speeding, promote seatbelt usage and prevent reckless driving.
Drivers should avoid texting and driving along with any other type of distraction that could endanger lives and have sober designated drivers in place when necessary.
“We are asking motorists to join with us in making the roadways safer in Mississippi and to include safe driving as part of their holiday traveling plans,” the department stated.
During last year’s Thanksgiving enforcement period, the MHP investigated 163 crashes with 5 fatalities and made 46 DUI arrests on state and federal highways.