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.

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