MHP Troopers start holiday enforcement period Monday

Published 2:25 pm Friday, June 30, 2023

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) is preparing for the 2023 Independence

Day Holiday Travel Period, which will begin on Monday, July 3, at 6 a.m. and conclude on

Tuesday, July 4, at midnight.

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To promote safe travel and reduce fatal crashes, MHP will utilize

high-visibility enforcement activities over the Holiday Travel Period. Troopers will monitor

motorists to deter speeding and distracted driving and use safety checkpoints to encourage

seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from roadways.

“As we gather with friends and family on this Independence Day, let’s not forget the privilege

we have to be citizens of America,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Let’s also remember to

thank our law enforcement officers and agencies across the state who will continue to be

enforcing safety for all Mississippians this holiday weekend. Stay safe!”

“The 4th of July holiday allows us to celebrate our national independence as United States

citizens with our family and friends,” said Lt. Colonel Malachi Sanders. “Let us be mindful and

concerned for the safety of everyone traveling during this holiday period. The Mississippi

Highway Patrol will enforce laws to promote a safe Independence Day. Don’t take risks; please

buckle up and drive safe!”

During the 2022 Independence Day Holiday Travel Period, MHP investigated 224 crashes with

one fatality. There were also 168 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems along with

272 citations for occupant restraint violations during that enforcement period.