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MHP patrols busy roads for Labor Day

Traveling is at an all-time high for Americans since the recession. Traveling is at an all-time high for Americans since the recession.
FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Traveling is at an all-time high for Americans since the recession.

For the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Labor Day weekend was a focus for the enforcement period.

"This is considered a main thorough fare for Troop J, due to the fact that this is a main artery to Mobile, Alabama," says Officer Gregory Barfield.

District 7 of the MHP issued approximately 400 citations for hazardous moving violations, 10 DUI arrests and oversaw nearly 20 vehicle accidents that resulted in one fatality.

"Sometimes the public comes through here, and they tend to think that it's like a race track," says Officer Barfield.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects 34.1 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, which is over a four percent increase since last year. Of those travelers, 85% will travel by car.

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