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MHP Ramps Up Labor Day Weekend Travel Enforcement

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Due to anticipated heavy traffic and a significant increase in traffic fatalities for 2016, State Troopers will place emphasis on saturation patrols to combat reckless and distracted driving. (File photo)

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the Labor Day Enforcement Period for 2016 on Friday, September 2 at 6 p.m. and conclude Monday, September 5 at midnight. Due to the anticipation of heavy traffic and a significant increase in traffic fatalities for 2016, State Troopers will place emphasis on saturation patrols to combat reckless and distracted driving.

Additional safety checkpoints will be established to promote seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Drivers are urged to avoid text messaging or any driver distraction that could endanger lives while traveling. MHP investigated 132 crashes including 4 fatalities during the 2015 Labor Day enforcement period.

“We’re hoping all motorists and families will enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and arrive at their destinations safely,” the Mississippi Highway Patrol said in a statement.

HottyToddy.com staff report.

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