Large law enforcement presence through Labor Day weekend stresses safe driving

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Did you know, more than 34 million Americans travel on the road during the Labor Day weekend? It's one of this busiest travel periods of the year.

That's why law enforcers from California to Florida have been participating in a national initiative all weekend, targeting the removal of impaired drivers from the roads.

"Labor Day is the last big weekend of the Summer so people are trying to get out," said Jason Gazzo with Mississippi Highway Patrol.

He said with increased traffic comes potential danger. That's why law enforcement has been out and cracking down.

"We've issued over 3,300 citations from Friday to Sunday. We've got one more day in this enforcement period, out of those 3,300 citations, 115 were DUI's," said Gazzo.

Gazzo said seeing an influx of motorists driving under the influence during holiday weekends is common. That's why check points have been set up to stop that unnecessary danger. And along with it, stop distracted driving.

"You know, texting and driving has become such a bad thing," said Gazzo. "There are a lot people being killed by distracted driving."

As of Sunday afternoon, there had been three fatalities on Mississippi roads during the Labor Day weekend, making it evident that driving carefully is necessary.

"We're going to continue that strong police presence and we're going to promote that safe driving," said Gazzo.

He hopes the thousands of citations issued and the number of fatalities on the road will serve as a stark reminder of what can happen if drivers are not cautious or drive distracted.

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