State and local law enforcement prepare for the holiday weekend

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 9:03 PM CDT
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Holiday travel for the Fourth of July is in full swing and traffic is starting to line up on the roads.

Around 40 million Americans travel during the Fourth of July holiday. That number is expected to be much lower this year, due to COVID-19.

Even though holiday travel will not look the same in 2020, Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark said his department is prepared for whatever happens.

Sheriff Clark was not available for an interview, but in a statement to Newscenter 11, he said, “We have designated two areas in the county as part of a saturation detail. We will increase patrol in these areas to alleviate any problems we are seeing. Impaired or distracted drivers are always a priority.”

The Mississippi Highway Patrol started its holiday travel patrol at midnight, July 3. MHP launched a highway safety initiative called “Drive Right Mississippi” which focuses on the left hand lane law, distracted and impaired driving, speeding and seat belt usage.

The MHP issued 3,300 citations, made 43 DUI arrests and worked 63 crashes over the July 4 holiday in 2019.

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