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MSP urges residents not to text and drive after multiple-car collision

Video of the crash was captured by a MSP trooper’s dashcam

A MSP dashcam captured a distracted driver strike multiple vehicles on Nov. 23, 2020. (WDIV)

NILES, Mich. – The Michigan State Police department is reminding residents to not text and drive after a distracted driver was involved in a multiple-vehicle collision Monday.

The crash was captured by a MSP trooper’s dashcam near Niles, on Michigan’s southwest side. Police said everyone survived with minor injuries.

Video of the collision can be seen below.

According to the National Highway Trafic Safety Administration, distracted driving killed nearly 3,000 people in 2018 -- 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists -- and injured about 400,000 people.

Michigan law prohibits texting while driving. For a first offense, motorists are fined $100. Subsequent offenses cost $200.

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Michigan State Police includes the following as activities that could distract a driver:

  • Using a cell phone and/or texting
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or MP3 player.
  • Loud music

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