PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is gearing up for the rest of the holiday season.
Capt. Chad Moore of Troop F said the holidays are the deadliest time of the season to be on the road.
During the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers reported 10 deaths on Mississippi highways. That's twice as many as 2018.
According to Moore, many people are on the road traveling to see family.
He said many people are also off during the holidays which attributes to extra cars being on the road and more cases of drunk driving.
Moore contributes this to the high amount of fatalities and crashes they see.
To combat the problem, more troopers will be put on the road.
Moore wants you to think of other people before you step in the car.