Michigan police launch distracted driving crackdown today: What to know

More than 14,000 distracted driving crashes in Michigan in 2020

A Michigan State Police car (WDIV)

Michigan State Police and local police departments across the state are participating in a one-day crackdown on distracted driving.

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement agencies in several Michigan communities will be participating in a 4-hour distracted driving enforcement and awareness initiative.

“Connect to Disconnect” (C2D) will take place on April 7, 2022, as part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” media campaign, which reminds drivers about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving and runs from April 7-11.

According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, there were 14,236 motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver during 2020 in Michigan, and 48 of those crashes resulted in a fatality. The most common crash type for distracted driving crashes in 2020 was rear end, which accounted for 44.7 percent of distracted driving crashes.

“We’re hoping this enforcement period will help reduce the ever-increasing number of crashes involving distracted drivers,” said Alicia Sledge, interim director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “At the same time, we will send a reminder that texting while driving in Michigan is illegal, dangerous and deadly.”

Michigan law prohibits reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Exceptions include reporting crashes, crimes or other emergencies. The fine for a first offense is $100. The fine doubles to $200 for subsequent offenses.

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

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Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / ClickOnDetroit.com. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.