As Labor Day weekend gets underway, the Mississippi Highway Patrol has begun their ‘2019 Labor Day Travel Enforcement Period’.
In an effort to enforce traffic laws and reduce crashes, the MHP will participate in Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort during the holiday period. The enforcement period will end on Monday (Sept. 2nd) at midnight.
As part of Operation C.A.R.E., all available troopers will be assigned to saturation patrols to combat speeding and distracted driving issues.
“We also want to remind drivers that bad decisions behind the wheel regarding impaired driving can result in serious consequences. Loss of employment, legal fees and possible jail time can take huge tolls on families,” the MHP said. “We’re hoping all motorists and families will enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and arrive at their destinations safely.”
In order to remove impaired drivers and promote seatbelt usage, safety checkpoints will be established throughout the holiday period.
During the 2018 Labor Day enforcement period, the MHP investigated 165 crashes including 4 fatalities and made 166 D.U.I. arrests.