It's the last summer holiday rush and the Labor Day Weekend will see the Mississippi Highway Patrol seeking to make highways safer for everyone.
In an effort to enforce traffic laws and reduce traffic crashes, MHP will participate in Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort during the holiday period. As part of Operation C.A.R.E., all available troopers will be assigned to saturation patrols to combat speeding and distracted driving issues.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2020 Labor Day Travel Enforcement Period at midnight Friday, Sept. 4, until midnight Monday Sept. 7.
Drivers need to be mindful of the fact that bad decisions regarding drinking and driving and illegal drug use can result in serious consequences. Loss of employment, legal fees and possible jail time can take huge tolls on families.
In order to remove impaired drivers and promote seatbelt usage, safety checkpoints will be established throughout the holiday period.
During the 2019 Labor Day enforcement period, MHP investigated 131 crashes including 3 fatalities and made 216 D.U.I. arrests. We encourage everyone to practice proper social distancing and wear masks as we continue to battle COVID-19. Working together, we can ensure all motorists and families will enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and arrive at their destinations safely.