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Highway patrol prepared for holiday weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol began a Labor Day enforcement period Friday, which will last until midnight Monday, said Calvin Robertson, Troop K Public Affairs Officer.

“We’re just asking people to be conscious of their driving, to buckle up, obey speed limits and don’t drive impaired or distracted,” Robertson said.

MHP brought in additional troopers for the Labor Day weekend, and a new class of troopers who graduated earlier this year will be out on the roads as well, Robertson said.

“We’ll be looking for distracted drivers, drunk drivers and impaired drivers,” Robertson said.

During the 2018 Labor Day enforcement period, MHP arrested 166 people for DUI offenses across the state and investigated 165 vehicle crashes, according to previous coverage. In that same period, 54 people were injured and four people killed in the 165 vehicle crashes MHP investigated, according to previous coverage.

Troop K, which covers Pearl River County along with five other coastal counties, made 18 DUI arrests and six drug arrests during the 2018 Labor Day enforcement period, according to previous coverage.