Don’t let texting or alcohol crash your Labor Day weekend

Texting while driving can be dangerous.
Texting while driving can be dangerous. Sun Herald/File

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and South Mississippi police are gearing up for extra patrols to make highways and roadways safe over the Labor Day weekend.

MHP’s traffic safety campaign starts at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through midnight Monday.

State troopers and police also are part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign that ends Labor Day night.

State troopers will have a large number of officers in concentrated areas to look for reckless and distracted drivers, MHP Capt. Johnny Poulos said.

Troopers also will hold safety checkpoints, stopping cars to check for seat belts and impaired drivers.

Troopers are urging drivers to not text while driving and to not drive impaired.

Four people died in crashes investigated by the MHP last Labor Day weekend, Poulos said. State troopers investigated 132 crashes.

“We’re hoping all motorists and families will enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and arrive at their destinations safely,” Poulos said.

Police departments and sheriff’s offices across South Mississippi have been participating in an extended Drive Sober campaign. They had a recent press conference at the Gulfport Police Department to show a sign of unity in efforts to get impaired drivers off the road.

Officials continue to remind motorists that those who plan to drink should plan for a designated driver or call a cab.