Authorities set enforcement plan for holiday travel

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Enforcement Period at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Thanksgiving period will conclude Sunday at midnight.

During the highly traveled period, the highway patrol said in a news release that troopers will be assigned to interstate and highway systems in order to combat careless and reckless driving along with speeding and distracted driving issues.

The highway patrol investigated 179 crashes including three fatalities during the 2014 Thanksgiving enforcement period. Troopers will be conducting safety checkpoints as well in order to enforce child restraint and seat belt laws while also removing impaired drivers.