- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol has started a new campaign to raise awareness of distracted driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities, especially among teenage drivers.

The state highway patrol said in a recent news release that the campaign is called “Pay Attention or Pay a Fine” and runs through the month of October.

Highway patrol officials tell local media outlets that they hope to discourage texting while driving and other types of distractions.

Capt. John Poulos says the campaign is meant to bring attention to stress any practices that could lead to unsafe driving.

Officials say that last October, 65 people, including 15 teenagers, were killed in traffic accidents across the state.

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