The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its 2017 Memorial Day enforcement period along with the “Drive to Survive” safety initiative which began Friday, May 26, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, May 29 at midnight.
Throughout the period, MHP issued 5,483 tickets with 110 DUI arrests.
A total of 122 crashes were investigated including 2 fatalities and 34 injuries on state, federal highways, and interstate systems.
On Saturday, May 27, 2017 at approximately 09:01 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal single vehicle crash in Holmes County. A 2000 Honda Civic driven by James K. Bullocks, 21, of Lexington, MS was traveling Westbound on MS12 when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. Bullocks was pronounced dead on scene due to injuries sustained in the crash.
On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at approximately 10:13 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal single vehicle in Lawrence County. A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Christopher R. Dingler, 30, of Monticello, MS was traveling Westbound on US84 when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Dingler was ejected and pronounced dead on scene due to injuries sustained in the crash.
Both crashes remain under investigation by MHP.
Results of the “Drive to Survive” campaign show a reduction in traffic crashes and injuries compared to 2016 numbers. All available troopers were utilized statewide during the period conducting saturation patrols and safety checkpoints.