There will be more patrols and more looks on the roads.

TUPELO, Mississippi (WTVA) – Motorists in Mississippi are urged to travel safely and avoid distractions over Christmas weekend.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) began its vacation enforcement period Thursday; it will end on Sunday.

This means more patrols and more eyes on the roads.

“We’re going to have more threads out there working on special details and stuff like that; just to make sure people are safe,” MHP Staff Sgt. Bryan McGee said.

MHP is forecasting a large number of travelers, given that travel was limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If we [troopers] see a violation, we will definitely fix it, ”McGee added.

Soldiers encourage travelers to drive not only for themselves, but also for those around them.

Tupelo resident Kejuna Hurrod said he plans to stay off the highway this holiday weekend.

“It’s gonna be crazy, it’s Christmas,” he said. “People are going to come in and out, state to state. So as a precaution, I advise everyone to stay off the road and be safe.”

Travelers are reminded to wear their seat belts and put down their phones; and if you are going to drink alcohol, get a designated driver.



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