Highway Patrol gears up for July 4 holiday

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol will have an additional 80 state troopers on the roads during the short July 4 holiday.

The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday and ends at midnight Wednesday.

Col. Donnell Berry, head of the patrol, says a $30,000 federal grant will pay for the extra troopers.

Berry says last year, one person died on roads and highways patrolled by state troopers.