The Mississippi Highway Patrol is ready to protect the roadways this Christmas.
Tonight, the MHP will kick off the 2018 Christmas Travel Enforcement Period with a safety awareness initiative titled “Making It Home for the Holidays.” The high visibility safety initiative will run through the end of the year and is designed to ensure safe travel for motorists while also reminding them of their responsibilities during the busy holiday season.
The initiative begins tonight at midnight and will run through the end of 2018. All available troopers will be placed on all state, federal, and interstate systems to combat reckless driving along with speeding and distracted driving issues.
Safety checkpoints will also be conducted throughout the period in order to enforce child restraint and seatbelt laws while also removing impaired drivers.
The MHP urges you to make smart choices on the roads this holiday season, and plan ahead if you’re going to drink.
“If alcohol is included in celebrations, we urge motorists to designate a sober driver or have other means of safe transportation. Our goal is for everyone to make it home for the holidays. In order to accomplish this, responsible decisions and safe driving should be a major part of everyone’s holiday plans,” the MHP stated.
During the 2017 Christmas Enforcement Period, the MHP investigated 157 crashes with 0 fatalities.