State troopers will be out in force during holidays

By SPECIAL TO THE SUN-SENTINEL,

JACKSON — The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) will kick off the 2018 Christmas travel enforcement period with a safety awareness initiative titled “Making It Home for the Holidays.”

“This high-visibility safety initiative will run through the end of the year and is designed to ensure safe travel for motorists while also reminding them of their responsibilities during the busy holiday season,” said Capt. John Poulos, director of MHP’s public affairs.

The MHP 2018 Christmas travel enforcement period begins Friday, Dec. 21, at 12:01 a.m. and will conclude Tuesday, Dec. 25, at midnight, Poulos noted.

All available troopers will be utilized on all state, federal and interstate systems to combat reckless driving along with speeding and distracted driving issues, he said. Safety checkpoints will also be conducted throughout the period in order to enforce child restraint and seat belt laws while also removing impaired drivers.

MHP investigated 157 crashes with no fatalities during the 2017 Christmas enforcement period.

“If alcohol is included in celebrations, we urge motorists to designate a sober driver or have other means of safe transportation,” said Poulos. “Our goal is for everyone to make it home for the holidays. In order to accomplish this, responsible decisions and safe driving should be a major part of everyone’s holiday plans.”