FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Distracted driving continues to kill or injure thousands each year. To prevent this, the Fort Smith Police Department is mobilizing its units to put a stop to drivers violating the law.

According to a release, Fort Smith Police will increase their patrols as part of the “U DRIVE, U TEXT, U PAY” campaign designed to stop distracted driving.

Law enforcement agencies across Arkansas have pledged their support toward enforcing the law and educating violators.

The mobilization will run from Oct. 17-23.