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Mississippi Highway Patrol began its Thanksgiving Holiday Period on Wednesday

By: Anne Summerhays - November 24, 2021

MHP’s Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Enforcement Period began today at 6:00 am and concludes Sunday, November 28 at midnight.

In a press release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the agency announced that State Troopers will focus on state and federal highways and interstate systems this weekend in order to reduce reckless driving, speeding, and distracted driving issues.

“MHP will emphasize traffic enforcement throughout the Thanksgiving travel period to reduce unsafe driving behavior, which leads to crashes and deaths on Mississippi roads. Our mission is to offer our assistance and provide safety for the many travelers throughout the holiday so that everyone can have a happy Thanksgiving,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

MHP also announced the implementation of safety checkpoints throughout the period to enforce child restraint, seatbelt laws, and remove impaired drivers from the road.

During the 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday Period, MHP made 115 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems as well as investigated 246 crashes with 6 deaths.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.