MHP plans intensified holiday coverage

Published 4:30 pm Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will intensify enforcement efforts for the 2021-2022 New Years Holiday Travel Period — beginning Thursday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. and concluding Sunday, Jan. 2, at midnight.

All available Troopers will be called into service to promote safe travel with a particular emphasis placed on high visibility. The enforcement of speeding, seatbelt, distracted and impaired driving laws, along with the use of safety checkpoints, will be utilized to reduced crashes over the holiday period.

During the 2020-2021 New Years enforcement period, MHP investigated 158 crashes with three fatalities, and made 184 DUI arrests on state and federal highways.

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“The New Year 2022 is fast approaching, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol is committed to stepping up enforcement efforts during this holiday period,” said Lt. Col. Malachi Sanders. “We will do our part, and we ask the public to do theirs by wearing a seatbelt and driving carefully so we can bring in 2022 safely.”