MHP beefing up Labor Day holiday patrols

MHP beefing up Labor Day holiday patrols

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol will have extra troopers on duty this Labor Day weekend, keeping the roadways safe for holiday travelers.

Troop J, headquartered in Hattiesburg, will have 19 extra federally-funded shifts during the three-day holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Monday at midnight.

Troopers will be working some safety checkpoints, looking for impaired drivers and making sure motorists are using seat belts.

Last year during Labor Day weekend, the Highway Patrol investigated four fatal crashes across the state.