MHP kicks off New Year’s enforcement period Tuesday

DTL Staff Report

Those taking to the roads for New Year’s Eve can expect to see an increased police presence on highways in the area.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol announced over the weekend it will begin its New Year’s Enforcement Period on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.

The enforcement period will conclude Wednesday, Jan. 1 at midnight. The ongoing MHP safety initiative, titled “Home for The Holidays,” is intended to place an increased emphasis on traffic safety regarding motorists traveling throughout the holiday season.

During the 2018 New Year’s enforcement period, MHP investigated 92 vehicle crashes including five fatalities on state, federal highways, and interstate systems.

If plans include alcohol, the MHP encourages those drinking to please designate a sober driver before festivities start.