Get Off Your Phone – Grand Blanc Police Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers Today
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.
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.