The busy Memorial Day Weekend travel period is underway. And the Mississippi Highway Patrol is out making sure drivers are safe out on the road. MHP wants you to "Drive to Survive".
Troopers have begun their holiday crackdown and they are out in force in the metro area. With the help of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, they will be saturating the roads for the next three days enforcing the laws.
“We are going to be working with other agencies to do safety checkpoints to make sure people are not driving impaired, make sure people have a good license, and make sure people don't have warrants for their arrests,” said MHP Corporal Eric Henry.
On Highway 49 in Jackson, it didn't take long for law enforcement to find drivers disobeying the rules of the road. With Memorial Day weekend being the busiest time for travel, the goal is to reduce the risk of injuries and deadly accidents.
“We wrote over 8,000 tickets last year," added Corporal Henry. "You work two fatalities and more than 100 accidents statewide, so we want to decrease that. That is why we are being visible out here.”
Drivers say seeing the blue lights assures them there are extra eyes on the road keeping them safe.
“People like to drink and drive," said a Jackson Resident. "If that wasn't a reality it would be a totally different story, so I am happy law enforcement is out there to catch people swerving around.”
“Where you are going it's not worth losing your life over and it's not worth dying over,” said another Jackson resident.
The Memorial Day holiday crackdown will continue until midnight Monday, so pay attention to the rules of the road.
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