NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Troop F (New Albany) of the Mississippi Highway Patrol has started a year-long campaign to help reduce of fatalities on the highways.
For each of the past three years, at least 40 deaths have occurred on state roads in the nine-county area covered by Troop F.
Most of those crashes involved distracted drivers or unused seat belts.
Trooper David Snyder of the Georgia State Patrol shared his personal experiences with the troop.
Master Sgt. Ray Hall wants each fatality to be more personal to the troopers.
“Our whole point is to put a personal touch on the number or on stats that we see. We get all these stats and sometimes it drives us away from the point that there is a family affected with every crash that we work,” says Hall.
“What I was talking about is the modern day umbilical cord, this cell phone. Putting it down, putting it out of reach, putting it on silent, connecting it to Bluetooth so it’s not making noise and you're not tempted to look at it,” says Snyder.
Some ideas of the “Under 40” campaign are to be more visible and to encourage troopers to use social media to share information on distracted driving.