Occupant Protection

The Occupant Protection (OP) program is developed and implemented based on the evaluation of highway safety problem identification and data trends within the State. The program is developed through evaluation of data, trends, population and high risk areas with high crashes, injuries and fatalities. The program is guided by data, problem identification, managed and monitored for effectiveness.

The MOHS OP coordination program provides program management in the OP program area to coordinate statewide and local law enforcement efforts related to OP operations, national OP blitz campaigns and other projects related to the OP effort.  The program oversees funding to state and local law enforcement agencies and assists in developing strategies for inter-jurisdictional enforcement efforts. The MOHS collaborates with the State’s law enforcement liaisons (LEL), community partners, and other OP programs to increase effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement efforts to reduce seatbelt and child restrain fatalities, injuries and crashes. 

The MOHS provides program management for the planned MOHS OP outreach projects, surveys and the “Click It or Ticket” (CIOT) National Mobilization. Assist with OP media campaign during National CIOT blitz period as needed and/or requested. 

100% of the State’s population will be covered by OP enforcement efforts utilizing the MHP, city and county law enforcement agencies within the top OP driving fatality, injury and crash locations.

MOHS Occupant Protection Goals:

  • Reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and crashes involving unbelted drivers and passengers.
  • Increase the number of trained law enforcement officers in Child Passenger Seat certification courses.
  • Reduce the number of fatalities, injuries and crashes involving unbelted drivers and passengers under the age of 21 years of age.

For more information on Occupant Protection programs, please contact, Division Director:
Robin Layton
rlayton@dps.ms.gov