MDOT urges motorists to ‘Drive Smart’

Published 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s top priority is safety. To help drivers take action and reduce the number of fatal crashes in the state, MDOT offers free travel resources.

Videos that offer safe driving tips such as how to safely navigate work zones and intersections are available at

“MDOT’s travel resources aim to increase the traveling public’s awareness and safety. While MDOT strives to improve safety on state highways on a daily basis, drivers can take safety into their own hands by following simple safety tips,” said MDOT Executive Director Brad White. “One of the most important safety steps drivers can take is simply paying attention and staying off the phone, especially in work zones where road conditions may change quickly.”

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Drivers should also wear seat belts, keep a safe distance between other vehicles, obey posted speed limits, be patient, use a designated driver when needed, and watch out for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Football season is here and the holidays are right around the corner, meaning citizens across the state will be traveling more,” White said. “Please make safety a priority and take advantage of these free travel resources (which) will help Mississippians drive smarter and more prepared so everyone makes it home at the end of the day.”