Best Ideas to Avoid the Deadly Consequences of Distracted Driving
Using smartphones while driving, especially on Michigan’s snowy winter roads, can result in life-threatening injuries from collisions.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, using a smartphone while driving was a contributing factor in more than 800 crash deaths in 2017.
Michigan lawmakers cracking down on distracted driving
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging legislators to adopt a hands-free law that would prohibit all hand-held smartphone use while driving. Motorists would still be able to use their phones in voice mode or through their vehicle’s interface.
According to the Detroit News, the proposal would also prohibit drivers from reading or posting on social media while driving, or from watching videos on mobile devices, or using headphones.
Michigan lawmakers already banned texting while driving. Motorists can be pulled over and ticketed for suspected texting, but it is rarely enforced, according to the Detroit News.
Under the proposal, a first offense for using a hand-held mobile device while driving would be punishable by a $100 fine, 16 hours of community service or both. A second offense could warrant a $250 fine and 24 hours of community service.
Drivers who caused a crash while using a smartphone would face double fines and could lose their license for up to 90 days for multiple offenses.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied crash deaths related to distraction and found some good news – in the past three years, deaths due to distracted driving are declining. From 2016-2017, the number of distracted driving crashes dropped from 3,490 to 3,166.
Those are still high numbers, and Michigan drivers need to take precautions, including turning off phones while driving if they cannot use a hands-free method or pulling over to take and make calls or texts.
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