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MHP issues over 6,000 tickets during Christmas

Mississippi Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of Telesouth Communications Inc.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has wrapped up their Christmas enforcement period. With all available troopers stationed on Mississippi roads and highways, the MHP issued 6,524 citations with 124 DUI arrests. In addition, 203 motor vehicle crashes were investigated which included 38 injuries and 2 fatalities on state, federal highways, and interstates.

In a news release, the MHP said their safety initiative  “Making It Home For The Holidays” will continue through the end of the year in order to promote traffic safety.

The MHP is continuing to investigate the two fatal crashes that killed two motorists. The details of the crashes can be read below:

On Friday, December 21, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS-4 in Tate County. A 2019 Volvo driven by 70-0year-old George E. Harrison, of Coldwater, was traveling westbound on MS-4. A 2011 Ford pickup truck driven by 30-year-old Tim E. Curtis, of Ansonia, CT was traveling eastbound on MS-4 and collided head-on with the Volvo. Curtis received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene. Harrison was transported to a local hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.

On Sunday, December 23, 2018 at approximately 3:38 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS-9 in Calhoun County. A 2009 Honda Civic driven by Thomas W. Horton, 48, of Vardaman, MS was traveling southbound on MS-9. A 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Jerry D. Holder, 71, of Vardaman, MS was traveling northbound on MS-9 and collided head-on with the Honda. Thomas W. Horton received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene. Jerry D. Holder was transported to Oxford hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.

The overall breakdown of citations and cases were also included: 

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