MHP begins “Home for the Holidays” safety initiative

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will be out in full force to protect you this Christmas. 

This morning, the MHP kicked off its annual safety awareness initiative titled “Home for the Holidays.” The initiative will run through the end of the year and is designed to ensure safe travel for motorists while also reminding them of their responsibilities during the busy holiday season.

All available Troopers will be utilized on all state, federal, and interstate systems to combat reckless driving along with speeding and distracted driving issues. Safety checkpoints will also be conducted throughout the period in order to enforce child restraint and seatbelt laws while also removing impaired drivers.

As always, if you plan on drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver to take you home or another safe alternative.

During the Thanksgiving enforcement period, the MHP reported 10 fatalities and are urging you to be careful on the roadways this holiday season.

“The 2019 MHP Thanksgiving period was deadly across our state with 10 fatalities and we want motorists to remember how dangerous traveling can be. Safe driving should be a major part of everyone’s holiday plans and making it home for the holidays should be everyone’s goal,” the MHP stated. 

While the safety initiative runs through the end of the year, the Christmas Travel Enforcement Period ends on Wednesday at midnight.