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Troopers conducting checkpoints to keep drivers safe

Officials are asking drivers to drive safely; particularly in the event of bad weather. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials are asking drivers to drive safely; particularly in the event of bad weather. (Photo source: WLOX News)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Bad weather and heavy traffic will likely be part of the entire holiday travel  season.

But despite potentially rough conditions, the Mississippi Highway Patrol is trying to keep traffic fatalities out of the picture with random checkpoints. 

Jason Towne says he's taking care of his driving during his holiday travel.

"I'm pretty cautious. I drive with my headlights on, I've got good windshield wipers. It's mostly looking out for idiot drivers," said Towne. "You've got a lot of people running around, they're not really paying attention; just trying to get where they're going. Drive the speed limit and be aware of your surroundings."

The Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated 148 crashes during Christmas in 2014, and no fatalities were reported. However, 2015 presents an extra challenge with two additional weekend days. 

"We're asking for those good decisions again this year, and when everybody gets out on the roadways, we might be dealing with inclement weather. We're asking everybody to please incorporate your safe driving plans, if you are going to travel this holiday period," said Capt. Johnny Poulos.

Heavy holiday traffic is no problem for Ann Dean and her husband, 30-year veterans of holidays on the highways.

"We try to stay away from the peak hours when we travel. But when we get tired, we just stop and shut it down and go to sleep," said Ann.

Poulos says troopers will be checking licenses, looking for impaired drivers and making sure everyone is properly restrained.

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