July 1, 2022

MHP prepares for statewide July 4th holiday enforcement period

Therese Apel

Source: MHP A Trooper works the roads in Mississippi

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is ramping up its enforcement efforts in preparation for the 2022 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, which will begin on Friday, July 1st at 5 p.m. and conclude on Tuesday, July 5th at midnight.

Troopers will conduct high visibility enforcement activities to promote safe travel and reduce fatal crashes over the Independence Day Holiday Travel Period. Troopers will focus on speeding, distracted, and impaired driving laws while using safety checkpoints to monitor seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from roadways.

“As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation, we must not neglect to prepare to conduct safe travel practices over the holiday period,” said Lt. Colonel Malachi Sanders. “MHP Troopers will be tasked with providing oversight through enforcement efforts to ensure
motorists get to and from their holiday destinations safely.”

During the 2021 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, MHP investigated 151 crashes with two fatalities and made 146 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems. MHP also issued 518 citations for occupant restraint violations during that enforcement period.

“On this Independence Day, as we gather with our family and friends, let’s not forget to remember the great privilege we have to be citizens of the United States of America,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “We also must remember to thank the law enforcement officers
across the state who are committed to keeping our citizens and roadways safe each and every day. Travel safe this holiday weekend and Happy Independence Day!”

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