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Pascagoula Police crack down on distracted drivers

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Pascagoula Police said they will be taking a more aggressive approach to ensure drivers are safe on the roads. It's all part of the department's DUI-Distracted Drivers campaign it's pushing for the New Year.

Expect to hear more sirens and see more flashing blue lights behind you in Pascagoula if you are speeding, not wearing a seat belt, distracted, or drunk behind the wheel. 

Sgt. Doug Adams said the crackdown is simply to promote road safety.  

"People are not wearing their seat belts; speed is always a factor in most of them. A lot of times it is just people not paying attention, texting on the phone, talking on the phone," Sgt. Adams said. 

Pascagoula Police have worked more than 500 accidents this year, and hope and increased police presence on the road will help decrease that number in 2013. 

"We will be doing more patrolling. We will have extra people out during the week and on the weekends, not just on holidays, but all through the year," Sgt. Adams said. "We will use radar. We will have people sitting at intersections and monitoring." 

If folks are caught disobeying the rules of the road, they could be ticketed or even arrested. According to police, so far this month more than 300 citations were issued for different violations. 

"We just want people to remember to wear their seat belts, don't drink and drive. Our goal again is to cut down on accidents, cut down on injuries and cut down on fatalities here in Pascagoula," Adams said. "Just because you are not texting or talking on the phone, and you are wearing your seat belt and you are following the speed limit that doesn't mean everybody is, so you have to watch out for the other driver."  

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