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MHP plans for safe Fourth of July weekend

As drivers are on the road trying to get to their 4th of July destinations full of fireworks and cookouts, state troopers are on the road too working for your safety. (Photo source: WLOX) As drivers are on the road trying to get to their 4th of July destinations full of fireworks and cookouts, state troopers are on the road too working for your safety. (Photo source: WLOX)
Now that the state has nearly 50 new troopers on the road this holiday, Cpl. Siebert is hoping for fewer fatal accidents. (Photo source: WLOX) Now that the state has nearly 50 new troopers on the road this holiday, Cpl. Siebert is hoping for fewer fatal accidents. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Highway Patrol Fourth of July Holiday Enforcement Period will go in effect Friday evening at 6 p.m. As drivers are on the road trying to get to their 4th of July destinations full of fireworks and cookouts, state troopers are on the road too working for your safety.

"We're looking for those people who are driving unsafely. That can be speeding, careless driving and of course we do have our new texting law," Corporal Benjamin Siebert said.

According to AAA's fuel gauge report, the national average price of gas is $2.77, giving vacationers even more reason to gas up and go. Now that the state has nearly 50 new troopers on the road this holiday, Cpl. Siebert is hoping for fewer fatal accidents.

"The biggest thing that lowers fatalities is visibility, so the more troopers we have out here, the less of a chance we have of fatal car accidents," Cpl. Siebert said.

Trooper Brian Parker is one of the new state troopers and he's ready for the busy weekend ahead.

"I'm very excited to get the action for the weekend," he said.

Trooper Parker knows that public safety is what this weekend is about.

"Once you pull them over, they are your responsibility and you must maintain their safety and your safety, too," Parker said.

The combination of holiday drivers and troopers can mean a lot more traffic, so Cpl. Siebert suggests drivers be prepared for random traffic stops.

"Now is the time to get your license and your insurance ready, just in case you come to that checkpoint so we can just wave you through," he said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol Holiday Enforcement Period will end Sunday, July 5th at midnight.

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