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MHP reports enforcement results for Independence Day 2024

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) ended the Independence Day 2024 travel period at midnight on Sunday, July 7. During the enforcement period, which began on Thursday, July 4, the MHP issued 6,474 tickets, arrested 149 people for drunk driving, and issued 876 motorists with seat belt violations.

During this time, MHP investigated 141 crashes that resulted in 45 injuries and four fatalities. The fatal crashes occurred in Pearl River, Scott, Sunflower and Pike counties.

Detailed reports on fatal accidents:

  1. Pearl River County (July 4):
    • A 1994 Jeep Wrangler, driven by 19-year-old Troy Hughes, collided with a 2023 Toyota Camry, driven by 23-year-old Jocelin Sanchez, who died at the scene.
  2. Scott County (July 5):
    • A 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by 51-year-old Steve Epps, left Interstate 20 and struck a tree. Epps was pronounced dead at the scene.
  3. Sunflower County (July 5):
    • A 2002 Ford CVR driven by 40-year-old Kenneth Willies overturned after entering a ditch. Willies was pronounced dead at the scene.
  4. Pike County (July 6):
    • A 2018 Jeep Wrangler driven by 40-year-old Dustin Denton left the road, struck a tree and overturned. Denton was pronounced dead at the scene.

MHP provided a comparative overview showing an increase in drunk driving citations and arrests compared to the Independence Day 2023 period.