Michigan State Police Announce a Crackdown on Dangerous Drivers
As daily commuters and travelers alike begin to work their way through seasonal traffic increases, Michigan State Police (MSP) is sending out a vivid warning to all motorists planning to travel I-94 this spring and summer: Expect to see more MSP troopers patrolling the Indiana border to Wayne County. This section of interstate between Detroit and Chicago has become a common home for poor driving behaviors associated with traffic crashes.
According to MSP:
- Crashes on I-94 increased by 7 percent in 2017, from 6,010 crashes in 2016 to 6,453 crashes.
- Commercial vehicle-involved crashes on I-94 also increased, rising from 774 crashes in 2016 to 856 crashes in 2017 – an increase of 10 percent.
- Statewide, traffic crashes rose by 1 percent, from 312,171 crashes in 2016 to 314,921 crashes in 2017.
State police recently released this statement to motorists, “With traffic crashes increasing again in 2017, troopers will be actively addressing the driving behaviors most associated with traffic crashes. These behaviors include distracted and aggressive driving, following too closely, improper lane use and excessive speed … Motorists can expect troopers to take a zero-tolerance approach to these dangerous driving behaviors.”
Since most tragic crashes related to bad driving behaviors increase during the warmer months, it is the perfect time for law enforcement to send the message that drivers who practice them will be treated as the law outlines and allow no exceptions. The Lee Steinberg Law Firm agrees with MSP and advises all motorists to avoid the unsafe driving behaviors most often represented on I-94.
Texting While Driving Hits with Deadly Aim
Texting while driving remains the No. 1 distracted driving hazard across the U.S. and kills approximately nine people and injures more than 1,000 each day. While it may only take a driver’s eyes off the roadway for a couple of seconds, sending or reading a text at 55 mph, is comparable to driving down the length of a football field blindfolded. Follow these simple tips to stop texting while driving:
- Avoid access to your phone entirely. Put your phone away and out of sight and out of reach. Turn the phone’s volume to silent and keep vibrate off.
- If it is that urgent to send a message, pull over to a safe zone and once your vehicle has stopped, then read or send your message.
- Allow no exceptions for texting while driving. Parents can lead young drivers by setting a good example that even the most experienced driver should never text and drive.
- Use phone locking apps that can help turn off texting options and send “I am driving, can’t talk now” auto responses to friends and family attempting to connect with you while driving.
Under Michigan’s anti-texting law (sec. 257.602.b) a driver shall not “read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the person’s hand or in the person’s lap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personal communication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street in this state.”
Never text while driving.
Let Experienced Attorneys Handle Your Claim
If you or a family member is a victim of an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, your first responsibility is to focus on recovery and maximize your healing time. Before speaking with the insurance company, be sure to seek out the qualified advice of one of our experienced car accident attorneys.
The Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C., has been representing accident victims for over 40 years and we can help you through this difficult time. Call us today for a free consultation about your potential case at 1-800-LEE-FREE.