Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Texting While Driving

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Will you be able to stop doing it? Some say you will not be able to. When I was a young child faced with a bowl of chips, my mom would say, “I bet you can’t eat just one!” Sure enough, I found it difficult to resist eating more than one! However, the topic I want to share is more than a dare. Your actions regarding this topic could result in life changing moment that can never be reversed. Your full attention is needed for this topic subject: driving and texting.

The intent of this article is to provide a means of education on the new subsection to the Michigan Vehicle code which took effect on July 1, 2010. I have placed a poster (U.S. Department of Transportation. Office of Highway Safety Planning) at the Campus Center which denotes the phrase, "OMG TXT DRV TCKS $ 100”'. Also there is an icon message, “Thumbs on the Wheel.”

The language in the enforcement law bans sending, manually typing or reading text messages while driving. This includes a wireless two-way communication device, including a cell phone, which is located in your hand or in your lap, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street in the State of Michigan.

The first offense will cost $100 and repeat offenses will be at a cost of $200. Texting will be a primary offense under Michigan's law, which means a police officer can pull over a motorist solely for using phones to send text messages.

A few suggestions to stop texting while driving

  • Explore the possibility of obtaining a phone application that will disable the text feature while you are driving
  • Check out this link and see what Oprah has to say about signing a pledge declaring that you will not text and drive.
  • Or dare to do the extreme, which is to turn your phone off while you drive.

The reference to the law can be at found here. (Public Act 60 of 2010 added MCL 257.602b to the Michigan Vehicle Code.)

-Operational Lieutenant Rojelio Castillo
Andrews University Office of Public Safety
4335 International Ct.
Berrien Springs, MI
Phone: 269-471-3321



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