Troopers, deputies increase patrols during holiday enforcement period

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year and that also means an increase in patrols and officers on the streets.

Troopers will be hitting the highways and interstate to make sure people are using common sense when driving and not putting others in danger.

With around 50 million people traveling there will be a major increase in traffic and people in Lauderdale County.

“I encourage everyone to buckle up. Don’t drink and drive. And if you need to travel, leave a little early so you don’t have to speed,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says.

“The enforcement details are not to see how many tickets are written. We’re looking at a bigger picture. We are more interested in not having to go and knock on someone’s door to tell them his or her family member was killed in a wreck,” MHP Sergeant Andy West says.

West says there were no fatalities in the Troop H territory last year and he hopes to keep it that way with many more troopers on the roads.

The holiday enforcement period will run through Sunday night.