JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Christmas travel season has turned deadly in Mississippi
The Mississippi Highway Patrol says one person died in a crash this weekend and State Troopers have written more than 3,400 tickets.
The holiday travel season typically brings an increase in traffic deaths.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to be careful on the roads.
“Be courteous," said Cpl. Kervin Stewart with MHP. "Be courteous and drive safely and obey the posted laws and everything should go fine.”
MHP is trying to save lives by taking a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and other traffic offenses.
MHP plans to cover more areas by focusing on saturated patrols as well as DUI checkpoints.
“We’re going to hit the areas where we have large amount of crashes and we’re also going to be on DUI checkpoints because unfortunately people are going to drink and drive," added Cpl. Stewart. "It’s our responsibility to get those people off the roadways.”
The theme for MHP safety’s campaign is Make it Home for the Holidays.
A traveler from Texas, heading to the Mississippi Delta is glad to see extra troopers on the road.
“I’ve saw more patrol in Mississippi than I did in Louisiana or Texas," said Leonard Swilley. "So that tells me that they are out making sure that the highways are safe in the state of Mississippi.
The safety campaign will continue through the new year.