OXFORD – Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol troopers will be out in force this weekend in hopes of saving lives by targeting dangerous driving behaviors.
Speeding, failure to yield right of way, failure to move over for emergency vehicles, following too closely and driving under the influence will be special focuses.
“The public can expect to see a marked increase in the number of citations,” said Sgt. Leslie White of MHP’s Batesville District, which serves parts of Northeast Mississippi. Troopers will target crash-prone areas, implement line patrol, set up driver-license and sobriety checkpoints and check for seat belt usage during the holiday period that began Friday and ends on Monday night at midnight.
“We have federal funds to have extra troopers out in force this Memorial Day period,” White said.
The holiday weekend will be part of the May 18-31 nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
“Wearing a seat belt costs nothing and yet it’s the single most effective traffic safety device ever invented,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We want to let the American people know that by failing to wear your seat belt, you not only risk serious injury or death, you also risk getting a ticket.”
Under Mississippi law, failure to use seat belts for the driver and every passenger is now a primary traffic offense, meaning officers can stop a vehicle and issue tickets for that without any other violation.
“We encourage all motorists to buckle up, obey the speed limits and all other traffic laws,” White said. “We are committed to intensifying the crackdown on our safety laws.”
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