JACKSON, MISS– The holiday weekend enforcement period has been announced by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
MHP will begin the 2016 Labor Day Enforcement Period on Friday, September 2nd at 6 p.m. and conclude Monday, September 5th at midnight.
Due to anticipation of heavy traffic and a significant increase in traffic fatalities for 2016, State Troopers will place emphasis on increasing patrols to combat reckless and distracted driving, according to MHP officials.
“We’re hoping all motorists and families will enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and arrive at their destinations safely,” said Captain Johnny Poulos.
Additional safety checkpoints will be established to promote seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Drivers are urged to avoid text messaging or any driver distraction that could endanger lives while traveling.
MHP investigated 132 crashes including 4 fatalities during the 2015 Labor Day enforcement period.