Mississippi Highway Patrol to be out in full force Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day Holiday Weekend is just days away, but did you know it is also the third deadliest holiday for drivers with an average of 443 people killed in accidents during this time of year.

Mississippi Highway Patrol will be working hard to keep our roads and those who travel them safe this holiday weekend.

Troop Cal Robertson said, “We do have our radars ready for this holiday weekend. Our mission is safety from top to bottom.”

The Labor Day Holiday Weekend is just around the corner and while many of us will be enjoying a little R&R during our time off, troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol will be out in full force, working hard to keep our roads and those who travel them safe this Labor Day Weekend. ” We do expect an increased number of travelers on the road because of decreased gas prices. We’re going to have more troopers out on the road during the holiday period. Like I said, we do expect an increased number of travelers.”

According to Gasbuddy.com, compared to this time last year, the average price of gas throughout the U.S. is down nearly 33 cents a gallon.

While two people lost their lives on Mississippi roads last Labor Day Weekend, troopers aim to drive that number down to zero this year. They will be keeping a close eye out for unsafe driving, especially what’s known as the ‘fatal four,’ the most common causes of accidents. “Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Obey the speed limits, and always buckle up in a vehicle.”

Drivers are also being asked to keep an eye out for the safety of others, to be on the lookout for people who are toiling to keep our roads and bridges safe. “There are currently a lot of construction zones throughout our state. We want travelers to be especially aware in these construction zones. If workers are present, fines can be doubled. We want travelers to be aware accidents do happen, but we just want everyone to be safe. Many crashes are preventable. We just want drivers to be aware of what’s going on around them. If you see a first responder on the side of the road with their lights on, please move over, and that will help that first responder out.”

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