HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Law enforcement officials from the Pine Belt, along with administrators with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety, are reminding residents to be careful when driving during the upcoming Labor Day Holiday.
Thursday, they gathered at the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J Headquarters as part of a "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Labor Day campaign blitz.
It began August 21 and runs through September 7.
Officials said motorists in the Hattiesburg area should be particularly careful this Saturday, because of the extra traffic that will be associated with the Southern Miss-Mississippi State Football game.
"Remember, drinking and driving just doesn't mix," said Anthony Parker, Hattiesburg Police chief. "Don't drive distracted and simply slow down."
"Put the phones down, wear your seat belts and pay attention to what's going on around you," said Brent Barfield, public affairs officer for Troop J of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "Believe it or not, contrary to popular belief, we're in the business of saving lives and that's our main goal."
During the 2014 Labor Day holiday (Aug. 15-Sept. 1), 27 people were killed in car crashes in Mississippi.