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MHP travel enforcement period to begin at midnight

State Troopers want drivers to be safe and sober this Thanksgiving.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has announced its 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Enforcement Period will begin Wednesday morning at 12:01 a.m. and will conclude Sunday at midnight.

During the 2019 enforcement period, Troopers investigated 185 crashes statewide with 10 fatalities, and made 95 DUI arrests.

“We are reminded that Thanksgiving 2019 was a particularly deadly travel period,” said MHP Director Col. Randy Ginn. “We are asking all motorists to use good driving habits as we try to reduce fatalities and injuries this year.”

Troopers will be utilized on all state, federal and interstate systems to combat reckless driving, as well as speeding and distracted driving issues.

“If alcohol is included in celebrations, we urge motorists to designate a sober driver or have other means of safe transportation,” said MHP Capt. Johnny Poulos. “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.”

Safety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the period in order to enforce child restraint and seatbelt laws while also removing impaired drivers.

“Our goal is for you and your family to safely reach your destination so that you may have a truly happy Thanksgiving,” said Col. Ginn.