Mississippi Highway Patrol announces “Drive to Survive” initiative

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

According to a release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the 2018 “Drive to Survive” safety initiative will start this Memorial Day weekend. The effort will be part of the MHP’s  2018 Memorial Day Travel Enforcement Period, the release states.

According to the release, the initiative will begin Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m. and will last until Monday, May 28 at midnight. During this period the Highway Patrol will have all available troopers on the roads.

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“All available troopers will be assigned saturation patrols in an effort to maximize visibility and reduce traffic crashes,” the release states.

According to the release, during the “Drive to Survive” initiative in 2017, the Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated two fatal accidents and 122 crashes. In addition, troopers made 110 DUI arrests during the span of last year’s initiative. The release states that all of the incidents occurred on federal and state highways.

“With distracted driving issues becoming more prevalent on Mississippi roadways, we urge drivers to have a ‘Drive to Survive’ mindset and make safe driving top priority,” Capt. Johnny Poulos said in the release.