MHP hopes 'Pay Attention or Pay a Fine' will reduce traffic deaths across state

MHP hopes 'Pay Attention or Pay a Fine' will reduce traffic deaths across state

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol has started a new campaign to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, especially among teenage drivers.

It is called "Pay Attention or Pay a Fine" and it runs through the month of October.

MHP officials said they hope to discourage texting while driving and other types of distractions.

"(The campaign is about) anything when you're not paying attention," said Capt. John Poulos, director of the public affairs division for the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol. "Speeding, not obeying the posted speed limits, not paying attention. Not wearing a seatbelt, not making that click, not paying attention. Anything in general that would cause a person not to make it home safely," he said.

Last October, 65 people, including 15 teenagers, were killed in traffic accidents in the state.

The campaign is running in all nine districts of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.