State troopers will spend Friday blanketing U.S. 49 from Gulfport to Jackson before starting a statewide Christmas traffic-safety campaign for the weekend.
The beefed-up patrols start at 8 a.m. Friday and run through 6 p.m.
Holiday patrols statewide run from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday, said Capt. Johnny Poulos, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman.
State troopers also will hold safety checkpoints to enforce child restraint and seat-belt laws and to check for impaired drivers.
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Five people were killed on state and federal highways during MHP’s Christmas safety campaign last year, when state troopers investigated 250 crashes, Poulos said.