Troopers hope to put a dent in distracted driving - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Troopers hope to put a dent in distracted driving

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers are beefing up their efforts to get cell phones out of drivers' hands.

Starting today, state troopers are taking part in a campaign, called "Pay Attention or Pay a Fine".  It will begin in the Oxford area along Highway 6, then expand statewide.

The campaign is geared toward distracted driving.  In recent years, people talking and texting on cell phones have become one of the leading causes of accidents.

There are other distractions, too, such as eating while driving.

We're told troopers in unmarked cars will report distracted drivers to marked units in the area.  And the marked units will pull over and warn or ticket the violator.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Tropical Storm Watch cancelled for South Mississippi

    Tropical Storm Watch cancelled for South Mississippi

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:58:54 GMT
    10 AM NHC Alberto Forecast Track10 AM NHC Alberto Forecast Track

    The Tropical Storm Watch for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties has been cancelled.

    More >>

    The Tropical Storm Watch for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties has been cancelled.

    More >>
  • Moss Point Police searching for 'armed & dangerous' man

    Moss Point Police searching for 'armed & dangerous' man

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:53:04 GMT
    Moss Point Police are warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. (Photo source: WLOX)Moss Point Police are warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A man police believe was involved in a multi-state crime spree that started with an auto theft and ended with capital murder is still on the run. And they're warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    More >>

    A man police believe was involved in a multi-state crime spree that started with an auto theft and ended with capital murder is still on the run. And they're warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    More >>
  • Prep or play? Boaters have to choose as Alberto moves closer

    Prep or play? Boaters have to choose as Alberto moves closer

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:45:48 GMT
    Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way. (Photo source: WLOX)Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way.Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way.

    Alberto is on its way. But the calm before the storm has given boat owners and people time to both prepare and enjoy some recreational time before the Memorial Day weekend gets cut short.

    More >>

    Alberto is on its way. But the calm before the storm has given boat owners and people time to both prepare and enjoy some recreational time before the Memorial Day weekend gets cut short.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly