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Coast drivers: 'Pay attention or pay a fine'

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BILOXI -- State troopers are conducting a "Pay Attention or Pay A Fine" traffic safety campaign to target drivers who are careless, reckless or distracted.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is conducting the campaign throughout the month of October. That includes state troopers in Troop K, the Biloxi-based district that patrols the six southernmost counties.

Capt. Johnny Poulos said the focus is on teen drivers, but state troopers are watching all motorists and strictly enforcing speed limits and seat belt laws.

"Our goal is not to raise the number of traffic citations issued, but to lower the number of knocks made on the doors of families to notify them of a loved one not returning home," Poulos said.

Studies on traffic deaths in the past three years show October is the state's highest month for the number of traffic fatalities. And that includes a high number of teen traffic deaths, he said.

State troopers also are giving safety talks to teen drivers and meeting with driver education instructors to give them crash data and other information they can share with teen drivers.

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