MHP set to begin 4th of July enforcement period

As you get ready to hit the road for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, the Mississippi Highway Patrol is gearing up to begin its holiday enforcement period.

Beginning tonight at midnight, all available troopers will be assigned to saturation patrols and checkpoints to promote traffic safety. The enforcement period will run through Sunday at midnight.

In conjunction with the holiday period, MHP will be conducting the traffic safety initiative “Drive Right Mississippi” which will run through the month of July. The initiative will focus on the left-hand lane law, distracted and impaired driving, speeding, and seatbelt usage.

Due to the increase of summer traffic, the MHP is asking motorists to have a “Drive Right” mentality while traveling and to join with us in making roadways safer in Mississippi.

If you plan on drinking during your 4th of July celebration this weekend, make sure that you have a sober designated driver as part of your plan to make it home safely.

During the 4th of July holiday period in 2019, MHP investigated 63 crashes with 1 fatality and made 43 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems.