In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April), Michigan State Police and local police departments including Grand Blanc are going to participate in a four-hour distracted driving enforcement and awareness initiative.

The crackdown will take place Thursday, April 7.

This is something that should be happening a little more often. It's insane how many people I still see every day on the road with their faces buried in their phones. Just the other day, I was driving home from work and a lady in front of me was all over the road, I thought for sure she was drunk. I finally got up beside her at a light and quickly realized she wasn't drunk at all, she's was on social media. It was clear as day that she was scrolling through Instagram. I couldn't believe it.

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Alicia Sledge, interim director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP):

We’re hoping this enforcement period will help reduce the ever-increasing number of crashes involving distracted drivers. At the same time, we will send a reminder that texting while driving in Michigan is illegal, dangerous and deadly.

According to WDIV, Michigan law prohibits reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Exceptions include reporting crashes, crimes or other emergencies.

Participating law enforcement agencies include:

  • Allegan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Birmingham Police Department
  • Brighton Police Department
  • Brownstown Police
  • Dearborn Police Department
  • Grand Blanc Township Police Department
  • Hazel Park Police Department
  • Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kent County Sheriff’s Office
  • Livonia Police Department
  • Macomb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • City of Mount Pleasant
  • MSP 7th District HometownSecurity Team
  • MSP Gaylord Post
  • MSP Grand Rapids Post
  • MSP Lakeview Post
  • MSP Mount Pleasant Post
  • MSP Paw Paw Post
  • Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office
  • Portage Department of Public Safety
  • Southfield Police Department
  • St. Clair Shores Police
  • Stanton Police Department
  • Thomas Township Police Department
  • Wyoming Department of Public Safety

If you happen to get pulled over and get ticketed for distracted driving, it'll cost you $100. If it's your second offense, the fine goes up to $200.

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