By: Taylor Tucker
The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its 2017 Fourth of July enforcement period which began Friday, June 30, at 6 p.m. and ended Tuesday, July 4, at midnight.
Throughout the period, MHP investigated a total of 183 crashes and issued 5618 citations with 100 DUI arrests.
With the new seat belt law and the MHP "In the Click'' safety campaign, MHP saw a huge reduction in seat belt citations.
Compared to the 2016 period where 6 deaths were recorded, a reduction in deaths were also displayed.
All available troopers were utilized statewide during the period conducting saturation patrols and safety checkpoints.
Below is the fatality information regarding the period.
Drug arrests: 13
Felony arrests: 7
Public drunk: 2
Seat belt: 199
Child Restraint: 36
Alcohol related collision: 5
Total injuries: 48
Fatal collisions: 3
Fatalities wearing seat belts: 3
Total collisions: 183
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