Highway Patrol stays busy on roadways over holiday weekend

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - While many around the Pine Belt were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, the Mississippi Highway Patrol was hard at work keeping the roads safe with its DUI crackdown in full force.

During the Fourth of July enforcement period, which began Thursday, July 3 at 6 p.m., MHP issued 6,555 total citations according to an MHP holiday incident report. Of this total number of citations, there were 203 DUI arrests, 3,803 hazardous arrests, and 15 drug-related arrests.

Despite the MHP's efforts there were still 120 total collisions investigated over the holiday weekend, five of these collisions being alcohol-related. There were 58 total injuries as well as seven fatalities in seven fatal collisions. None of the deceased were wearing seat belts at the time of the collisions.