Mississippi Highway Patrol wraps up the Memorial Holiday enforce - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Mississippi Highway Patrol wraps up the Memorial Holiday enforcement period

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is wrapping up its holiday enforcement period.

Troopers have been out all weekend in their "Drive to Survive" safety initiative working to help reduce accidents.

MHP says so far there have been no deadly accidents this Memorial Day weekend in the state.

With the summer travel season starting, troopers want keep the number of fatalities on the road  at zero.

Blue lights could be seen all over the state this weekend.  MHP stepped up its efforts and manpower to handle the extra traffic on the roads this holiday weekend.

“As you all know we had a class graduate in March, so there are another 57 troopers on the highway as we speak,” said Cpl. Kervin Stewart.

Corporal Kervin Stewart says fortunately there were no fatalities on the roadway this weekend in the state.

“Always a great thing not to have a fatality. No one wants a family member to leave them,” said Stewart.

Troopers say issued 4,200 citations statewide. There were 133 crashes and 45 people were injured in those collisions.

“Most of the time it is inattentiveness. They don't see traffic has slowed or something may have come into their path.”

Stewart says 81 people were arrested for driving under the influence.

“One DUI is way too many. People are still going to go out and do what they want to do, but we just have to go out and keep them off the roadway,” said Stewart.

Memorial Day also marks the official start of the busy summer travel season. MHP is reminding drivers that troopers will still be out making sure people are obeying the rules of the road, so slow down, pay attention and buckle up.

“We are going to continue to enforce DUI’s, seatbelt and speeding. We now have extra vehicles. We have unmarked vehicles, they are specialty marked vehicle just for aggressive driving,” said Cpl. Stewart.

MHP's enforcement period ends at midnight.

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