MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A simple knock on the door, it can be one of the toughest jobs for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
“The unexpected knock that law enforcement officers have to make on someone’s door to inform that person that his or her love one has been tragically killed in an automobile accident,” explained Staff Sergeant Andy West with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
As holiday travel increases over the next few weeks the Mississippi Highway Patrol is encouraging motorist to drive safe.
“On today’s date we have made that knock 58 times in Troop H this year and that is 21 times more than we have made it in 2014 and it is 18 times more than what we made it last year,” explained West.
With the number of fatalities on local roadways higher than in years past, the highway patrol will be out on roadways to make sure everyone follows the rules of the road.
“We feel like education is the beginning of what we control to decrease these number of fatalities that we can," stated West. "We also believe that our presence in enforcement activities on the highway will promote safe travel habits."
To make sure the number of fatalities in Troop H of the MHP does not rise law enforcement will be watching for safe travelers.
“Unsafe travel, it can be a distracted driver, cited for speeding, to removing an impaired driver from the road be it from alcohol or drugs,” said West.
By buckling up, following the speed limits, not texting and driving, and not driving under the influence, it can help keep the highways safe for everyone traveling.
“We wish everyone safe travels through the holiday periods but we also would like them to know that we are going to be out there, on the highway to promote safe travel and to ensure it is safe for everyone traveling through our state,” explained West.
Mississippi Highway Patrol's Troop H district consist of Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Smith counties.