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Troopers hit the highways and back roads this holiday weekend

Law officers don't want your holiday celebrations to end tragically.    Source: WLBT Law officers don't want your holiday celebrations to end tragically. Source: WLBT
While you're visiting family and friends and celebrating, MHP reminds you to not to speed, drink and drive or text while driving.   Source: WLBT While you're visiting family and friends and celebrating, MHP reminds you to not to speed, drink and drive or text while driving. Source: WLBT
Labor Day they took to the highways and back roads.   Source: WLBT Labor Day they took to the highways and back roads. Source: WLBT
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many Mississippians took advantage of the last official summer holiday to hit the road and visit family and friends. MHP was keeping a watchful eye to make sure your Labor Day holiday was a safe one.

Driving over the speed limit cost at least one motorist a ticket Monday afternoon on Highway 49 in Madison county. Troopers say it's a far better price than paying with their life if they cause an accident.

This Labor Day was no holiday for the men and women of the Highway Patrol.

"That's what we're out here for, trying to make a difference and save lives," said Trooper First Class Eric Henry with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Trooper Henry was among the law officers patrolling our roadways. A welcomed site for Matt Stewart and Cheryn Netz who are going to a family gathering in Flora.

"I think it's important for them to be out. I'm glad they're here for our safety and I'm happy to see them when I'm not speeding," said Netz.

"Happy to see MHP. They do great job, glad they're here and hope they keep Mississippi roadways clean and safe and clear of drunk drivers," said Stewart.

When the holiday weekend began Friday law officers were setting up check points looking for drunk drivers and other violators. Labor Day they took to the highways and back roads.

While you're visiting family and friends and celebrating, MHP reminds you to not to speed, drink and drive or text while driving.

Two fatalities were reported on state highways as of Monday.

"That's a hard part of our job, going to a relative to let them know that loved ones have been killed in an accident out here," said Trooper Henry. "So that's what we're out here for, doing enforcement to save lives. So we won't have to make that trip to peoples' houses to let their loved ones know that they've been killed out here."

Law officers don't want your holiday celebrations to end tragically. The official Labor Day holiday travel period began Friday and ends Monday at midnight. 

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