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Holiday over; traffic back to normal across South Mississippi

Travellers make their way home from Thanksgiving destinations on I-10 (Image Source: WLOX News) Travellers make their way home from Thanksgiving destinations on I-10 (Image Source: WLOX News)
Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop K, worked only 16 accidents with no fatalities (Image Source: WLOX News) Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop K, worked only 16 accidents with no fatalities (Image Source: WLOX News)
Traffic slowed down some on I-10 westbound Sunday afternoon (Image Source: WLOX News) Traffic slowed down some on I-10 westbound Sunday afternoon (Image Source: WLOX News)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It's business as usual on South Mississippi roadways this Monday morning. The roads are a bit less congested after a weekend of Thanksgiving festivities. Corporal Benjamin Seibert says the Highway Patrol was prepared for the busy weekend. “We brought in extra troopers to work overtime to help with man power. In addition to that, we had our checkpoints and strategically patrolled our highways,” said Seibert.

“We figured it would be a little heavier due to gas prices being so low, and we would have a lot of traffic. It's been about typical for a Thanksgiving, if not just a little more traffic,” said Corporal Benjamin Seibert.

Speeding and DUI checkpoints were set up throughout the coastal counties.  According to Seibert, there were 12 DUI arrests made starting on Wednesday. Fortunately not as many accidents as they expected. “We had 16 wrecks and luckily no one was hurt, so we faired very well,” said Seibert.

Three traffic related fatalities were reported in the state, two in Marshall County, one in Chickasaw County.

Corporal Seibert says there will be more travelers on the roadways during Christmas. He warns against distracted driving. “I have yet to figure it out, whether it's due to people being distracted over a football game or Christmas shopping or whatever but this time of year, we just work a lot of accidents,” said Seibert.

Another important thing to keep in mind is vehicle maintenance. Before getting behind the wheel of your car check the tires among other things, to avoid a roadway inconvenience or even tragedy this holiday season.

Overall, the MHP investigated 179 crashes around Mississippi. Troopers wrote 150 DUI citations.

“That's our life as troopers, we see it all the time, we pick up the pieces, when someone makes a mistake, and we need people to take driving seriously,” said Seibert.


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