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MHP set to intensify enforcement efforts through holiday weekend



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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has announced it is preparing to ramp up enforcement efforts over the Memorial day weekend, beginning today.

MHP posted on social media the intensified efforts began at midnight and will continue until Monday, May 30 at midnight.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is set to intensify enforcement efforts for the 2022 Memorial Day Holiday Travel Period, which will begin on Friday, May 27th at 12 a.m. and conclude on Monday, May 30th at midnight. All available Troopers will be called into service to promote safe travel by utilizing high visibility enforcement efforts.

The Memorial Day Holiday Travel Period coincides with the national “Click-it or Ticket” safety campaign. Therefore, a particular emphasis will be placed on state occupant restraint laws. The enforcement of speeding, distracted, and impaired driving laws will also be a focus, along with the use of safety checkpoints to reduce crashes through the holiday period.

During the 2021 Memorial Day Holiday Travel Enforcement Period, MHP investigated 104 crashes with three fatalities and made 160 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems. MHP also issued 465 citations for occupant restraint violations during that enforcement period.

“On this Memorial Day, as we gather with our family and friends, let’s take the time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the United States of America,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “We also must remember to thank the law enforcement officers across the state who made the commitment to keep our citizens and roadways safe day in and day out. Travel safe this holiday weekend!”

“The MS Highway Patrol will strictly enforce this Memorial Day holiday period with all areas of the enforcement division working to promote public safety and awareness while minimizing the likelihood of any vehicle accidents,” said Lt. Colonel Malachi Sanders. “Days off are canceled for State Troopers to add an extra layer of visibility and law enforcement presence. We will continue to work with local, state, and federal agencies to achieve an overall objective of a fatality-free Memorial holiday period.”

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