MHP to have extra patrols for Labor Day weekend

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin its intensified enforcement for the Labor Day weekend on Friday at one minute past midnight and continue through midnight Monday.

Anticipating heavy traffic, state troopers will use saturation patrols to combat speeding and reckless driving.

The agency encourages drivers to avoid text messaging or any other distracting activity while driving and to use designated drivers.

Safety checkpoints will also be set up at various locations to promote seatbelt usage and remove impaired drivers from the road.

During the 2020 Labor Day enforcement period, MHP investigated 121 crashes, seven fatalities and made 184 DUI arrests.

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