May 26, 2021

Highway Patrol joins forces with Tennessee and Louisiana to make Memorial Day safer

Therese Apel

During the Memorial Day travel period, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana have joined forces to make the holiday a little safer.

Beginning Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Louisiana State Police, will conduct the “Line to Line” traffic safety initiative on Interstate 55.

Troopers in their respective states will be placed statewide on Interstate 55 to reduce the number of crashes, promote seatbelt usage, deter speeding and remove impaired drivers.

“Our goal with ‘Line to Line’ is to raise driving safety awareness as we approach the Memorial Day holiday travel period. We encourage drivers to remember that their actions behind the wheel have consequences, both good and bad, for themselves and others,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The official MHP 2021 Memorial Day enforcement period begins on Friday, May 28th at 12:01 a.m. and will conclude on Monday, May 31st at midnight. During the 2020 enforcement period, MHP investigated 157 crashes including two fatalities.

Safety checkpoints will be established to detect impaired driving and the enforcement of seatbelt laws. Motorists preparing to travel during the enforcement period are urged to include safe driving as part of their travel plans.

“If everyone will simply slow down, buckle up, put down their phone and avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we can all have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend,” Ginn said.

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