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Millions of travelers may be hitting the roads this Memorial Day weekend to get out of town and enjoy the holiday, but law enforcement will be out in full force, too.

Several agencies are stepping up patrols and conducting checkpoints to keep travelers safe this holiday weekend.

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Starting Friday evening, everyone from state patrol to police to sheriff's departments across the Mid-South are increasing patrols this holiday weekend, so you can expect to see a noticeable law enforcement presence if you're out and about.

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They're targeting everything from texting and driving to seat belts.

On Friday night, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies will be conducting a checkpoint at Hacks Cross and Stateline Road, looking for people who are texting and driving.

Both Mississippi and Tennessee Highway State Patrols will be working together to enforce their "Hands Across the Border" program, where increased seat belt patrols will be looking to make sure everyone buckles up.
        
Tennessee Highway Patrol will also be conducting driver's license and sobriety checkpoints, looking for drunk drivers by enforcing a "No Refusal" policy for BAC tests.

“Under the 'No Refusal' weekend, judges will be on standby and if we have someone that's drinking and driving and they refuse, a judge can actually issue a search warrant for their blood and we can draw them in,” said TSP Sgt. Christ Richardson.

All of this is to prevent accidents out on the road. Last year 321 people died over Memorial Day weekend in Tennessee; half of those deaths were because no one was wearing a seat belt and 24 percent were alcohol-related.

If you do need a ride home, there are cabs and ride-sharing services that will get you there.

More info on ride sharing services.

For cabs, call (901) 577-7777

AAA is also running their 'Tow-To-Go' program to get people home safely, just call their 1-800 number at (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

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