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MHP travel enforcement holiday period begins Monday

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will kick off the 2019 Christmas Travel Enforcement Period with the annual safety awareness initiative, “Home for the Holidays.”

The initiative will run through the end of the year and is designed to ensure safe travel for motorists while also reminding them of their responsibilities during the busy holiday season, said MHP Capt. Johnny Poulos.

It begins Monday at 12:01 a.m. and will conclude Wednesday at midnight.

“All available troopers will be utilized on all state, federal and interstate systems to combat reckless driving along with speeding and distracted driving issues,” he said. “Safety checkpoints will also be conducted throughout the period in order to enforce child restraint and seatbelt laws while also removing impaired drivers.

MHP investigated 203 crashes with two fatalities during the 2018 Christmas enforcement period.

“If alcohol is included in celebrations, we urge motorists to designate a sober driver or have other means of safe transportation,” he said. “The 2019 MHP Thanksgiving period was deadly across our state with 10 fatalities and we want motorists to remember how dangerous traveling can be. Safe driving should be a major part of everyone’s holiday plans and making it home for the holidays should be everyone’s goal.”