NEW ALBANY – Mississippi Highway Patrol officers will begin distracted driving saturation enforcement Friday as a part of the new Pay Attention or Pay a Fine initiative.
The initiative will use Mississippi’s careless driving law to charge anyone they find who isn’t paying attention to the road.
“If you’re eating a hamburger while driving and run someone off the road, you’re distracted,” said Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Hall. “It’s a push to try to decrease those who are deliberately distracting themselves.”
Mississippi’s careless driving law carries a fine of between $5 and $50 and applies to anyone deemed to be driving in a careless of imprudent manner without regard for the width, grade, curves, corner, traffic and use of the streets.
The careless driving law also will be applied to people distracting themselves with their cellphones.
“We want to serve as a deterrent,” Hall said. “This will be something like our speed details that we’ll do from time to time.”
The first detail will be Friday along Highway 6 in Oxford.
The new traffic detail will consist of troopers riding in unmarked vehicles to observe any distracted behaviors and then reporting those violators to marked units.