April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
East Lansing, Mich. The Michigan State University Police Department will be increasing distracted driving patrols in recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Visual, manual and cognitive are the three main types of distraction. These distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and their mind off what they are doing.
“Motorists should keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road,” said Capt. Doug Monette, MSU Police Department Public Information Officer. “Accidents caused by distracted driving are unacceptable and preventable.”
Here are some examples of distracted driving:
- Talking on the phone
- Eating and drinking
- Using a navigation system
- Reading, including maps
- Changing the radio
Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing, or sending a text message while driving. For first offenders, there is a $100 fine and $200 for subsequent offenses. Exceptions are in place for reporting crashes, crimes or other emergencies.
In 2015, the MSU Police Department launched the Move Safe campaign to educate motorists and pedestrians about safety precautions they can take to travel around campus safely. Removing distractions such as using a cell phone while driving has been a key message throughout the campaign. For more information about the Move Safe campaign, visit movesafe.police.msu.edu.
MEDIA CONTACT: Capt. Doug Monette, 517-355-2222, MonetteD@police.msu.edu