Keeping traffic fatalities under 40 in the nine northeast counties is a Mississippi Highway Patrol objective this year.
Troop F launched a safety initiative to increase enforcement during peak crash times, promote seatbelt use and spread safety messages through social media.
Georgia State Patrolman David Snyder talked about losing his wife in a car crash during the kickoff for the Mississippi Highway Patrol campaign.
In 2017, there were 41 fatalities in the Troop F area, which includes Alcorn County. Of those fatal crashes, four were due to impaired drivers; two were from speeding; three were motorcycle crashes; five pedestrians were struck; one impaired driver was killed; four involved people wearing seabelts; and 22 did not have on seatbelts.
“Sometimes we forget these 40 fatalities are actually someone’s family, someone’s loved-one,” Capt. Chad Moore said. “There are real people and families who have been forever changed by a traffic fatality. We want to magnify the stats from a personal standpoint. We want our men to understand the life they save on the highways may be their own family. Our men and women will be out doing whatever is necessary to make sure Troop F is under 40 during 2018.”