Texting While Driving

Texting while Driving is Against the Law

As of July 1, 2010, pursuant to MCL 257.602b, ?a person shall not read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the person’s hand or in the person’s lap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personal communication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street in this state.? In other words, you are not allowed to send text messages while driving. You are not even allowed to read text messages while driving. Distracted driving is dangerous and the Michigan Legislature has taken steps to punish those who needlessly endanger the lives of themselves and others.

Since its implementation, it appears that the statute has slightly curbed texting while driving in the state. The number of crashes involving a cell phone has decreased from 852 in 2009 to 681 in 2013. As you can see, however, texting drivers are still a danger to our motoring public and still cause for concern.

Take Steps to be a Safe Driver

While it is true that many of our young drivers are guilty of texting while driving (25% of drivers using cell phones are 20 years old or younger), experienced adults using cell phones while driving are even more prevalent. We all need to do better. Here are some things we can all do to avoid using our cell phones when driving:
Turn off the ringer ? it is easier to avoid the temptation if you cannot hear your cell phone ringing, buzzing, singing, chirping, or vibrating next to you.
Out of sight, out of mind ? put your phone in the back seat, in your purse, or in the glove box out of reach.
Advocate for safe driving ? encourage your family and friends to not text and drive and do not send text messages to individuals you know are driving.

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