Highway patrol

The Mississippi Highway Patrol began its statewide 2019 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Period today at 12:01 a.m.

The holiday enforcement period will conclude Sunday, Dec. 1, at midnight.

State Troopers will place an emphasis on saturation patrols to combat speeding, promote seat belt usage and prevent reckless driving.

The MHP says drivers should avoid text messaging or any driver distraction that could endanger lives and have sober designated drivers in place when necessary.

During the same holiday enforcement period in 2018, MHP investigated 200 crashes with five fatalities and made 98 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems.

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