Jackson, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the New Year’s Enforcement Period on Friday, December 29 at 6 p.m. and will conclude Monday, January 1 at midnight.
In a statement released by Public Affairs Director Capt. Johnny Poulos, Troopers will begin conducting multiple safety checkpoints at various locations in order to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. The ongoing MHP safety initiative “Making It Home For The Holidays” continues to place emphasis on traffic safety regarding motorists traveling through the holiday season the statement read. During the 2016 period, MHP investigated 94 vehicle crashes including 4 fatalities on state, federal highways, and interstate systems. The MHP asks Mississippians if their plans include alcohol, to please designate a sober driver before festivities start. No one should begin 2018 with being arrested, facing medical bills, legal fees, and perhaps losing their job. Responsible decisions ensure safe travel and allow us to enjoy time spent with family and friends the statement says.