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Over 6K citations issued during Christmas driving period with one fatality

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Christmas Holiday Travel Enforcement Period began Thursday, December 23rd at 5 p.m. and concluded Sunday, December 26th, at midnight. During this time, troopers issued 6,520 citations, made 146 arrests for impaired driving, and investigated 174 crashes resulting in 30 injuries and one death.

The fatal crash occurred in Jasper County on Saturday, December 25th at 6:36 a.m. The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on Highway 503 when 24-year-old Darion Milsap of Vossburg, MS, lost control of the vehicle he was driving and hit a tree. Milsap was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Here is the Christmas travel period enforcement overview comparing 2020 to 2021:

2021 Christmas Holiday Enforcement Totals, December 23-26, 2021

Citations – 6,520
Seatbelt and Child Restraint –589
DUI’s – 146
Crashes – 174
Fatal Crashes – 1
Fatalities – 1
Motorist Assist – 96

2020 Christmas Holiday Enforcement Totals, December 23-27, 2020

Citations – 5,397
Seatbelt and Child Restraint – 342
DUI’s – 130
Crashes – 201
Fatal Crashes – 3
Fatalities – 4
Motorist Assist – 77

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