NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is buckling down ever hard this month with a new campaign.
It's called "Pay Attention or Pay a Fine."
Troopers say there were 41 traffic deaths last year in the nine-county district that covers extreme Northeast Mississippi.
So far this year, there have been 27 deaths, and troopers don't want that number to climb any higher.
Cpl. Jason Roe with MHP says troopers will be cracking down on blinker laws, texting while driving, as well as those not paying attention at stoplights.
The campaign goes through the whole month of October, but the hope is everyone will continue to follow the safety precautions after the month ends.
Roe says fines could be up to a couple thousand dollars for anyone caught not paying attention.