Mississippi Highway Patrol to Step Up Law Enforcement for Thanksgiving Vacation – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin law enforcement for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021 on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 6 a.m. and end on Sunday, Nov. 28 at midnight, MHP officials said.

State Troopers will focus their enforcement efforts on state and federal highways and interstate systems to reduce issues of reckless driving, speeding and distracted driving. Security checkpoints will be carried out throughout the period to enforce child restraint and seat belt laws while removing impaired drivers. During the 2020 period, the MHP investigated 246 crashes with six fatalities and made 115 arrests for impaired driving on state and federal highway systems.

“With many Mississippians traveling to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, we would like to remind citizens that it is up to each of us to keep the roads safe,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “The Mississippi Highway Patrol will work to keep citizens safe by encouraging seat belts, deterring speeding and distracted driving, and removing impaired drivers from our roads. We encourage motorists to do their part by adopting responsible driving habits. Slow down, avoid distracted driving, and always wear your seat belt.

“MHP will focus on law enforcement throughout the Thanksgiving travel period to reduce unsafe driving behaviors, which result in crashes and fatalities on Mississippi roads. Our mission is to help out and keep many travelers safe throughout the vacation so everyone can have a Happy Thanksgiving, ”said Col. Randy Ginn.

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