Authorities setup checkpoints, increase patrols during Thanksgiving travel

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Wednesday is one of the busiest days for travel out of the entire year.

Millions of motorists will hit the interstates and many passengers to the skies. Triple A projects this to be the busiest travel time of the past 12 years. If you are driving law enforcement wants you to be less distracted and more focused on the road and those around you. For Lauderdale County, there will be multiple checkpoints in place to catch impaired drivers. They say it's a way to keep the roads safe for the public.

"We will have deputies out this weekend that will be doing checkpoints throughout Lauderdale County. They will be at unannounced locations or times, but they will be occurring. As you approach those, we encourage you to slow down and ready to present your driver's license," Calhoun explains

The Mississippi Highway Patrol report 171 crashes last year. That included two fatalities.

"They should not drive impaired or distracted, which means to stay off the phone, stay off the text messaging and social media, watching television on a phone or tablet. People should take care of the business at hand, which is being a driver," Chief Deputy Calhoun says.

Over 51 million people are expected to travel during this Thanksgiving holiday.