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Labor Day weekend travel and safety

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and officers across the state are working double duty this Labor Day weekend to ensure safety on the roads.

Traffic safety checks will be up all across the state through Monday night. Law enforcement officers hope their visibility will lower the number of reckless drivers.

During Labor Day weekend 2012, MHP troopers investigated 5 traffic related deaths. There were also more than 100 DUI arrests.

Troopers warn that you will pay the consequences if you're caught without a seatbelt or drinking under the influence.

"We're really going to be looking out for people drinking under the influence," said trooper Eric Henry. "DUI just doesn't have to be alcohol, we're looking for people under the influence of marijuana or any substance that will impair them from driving, so if you're caught under the influence of anything that will impair you from driving you will go to jail."

According to the travel company AAA, this Labor Day weekend is expected to have the largest number of travelers since the 2008 recession.

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