MHP: Buckle up, drive safe during Independence Day holiday

Published 12:00 pm Sunday, July 2, 2023

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is preparing for the 2023 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period. This period begins Monday, July 3, at 6 a.m. and concludes Tuesday, July 4, at midnight.

MHP will utilize high-visibility enforcement activities over the two days to promote safe travel and reduce fatal crashes. Troopers will monitor motorists to deter speeding and distracted driving, and use safety checkpoints to encourage seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from roadways.

“As we gather with friends and family on this Independence Day, let’s not forget the privilege we have to be citizens of America,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Let’s also remember to thank our law enforcement officers and agencies across the state who will continue to be enforcing safety for all Mississippians this holiday weekend. Stay safe!”

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During the 2022 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, MHP investigated 224 crashes with one fatality. There were also 168 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems, and 227 citations for occupant restraint violations.

“The Fourth of July holiday allows us to celebrate our national independence as United States citizens with our family and friends,” said Lt. Col. Malachi Sanders. “Let us be mindful and concerned for the safety of everyone traveling during this holiday period. The Mississippi Highway Patrol will enforce laws to promote a safe Independence Day. Don’t take risks. Please buckle up and drive safe!”