Grand Blanc Township Increases Police Presence to Discourage Distracted Driving

Grand Blanc Township Increases Police Presence to Discourage Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is nothing new. As increasing car accidents and resulting injuries demonstrate, distracted drivers are a dangerous reality for all drivers and pedestrians. Smartphones and navigation systems are very useful, but these very useful tools can prevent drivers from staying focused while on the road.

For this reason, law enforcement officials in Grand Blanc Township have increased police presence this holiday season. The Township will have more marked cars and officers at key intersections. This decision comes after a specific intersection, at Hill and Fenton roads, was identified as one of the worst intersections in the country. Over the past five years, there were 144 crashes at that intersection. Law enforcement officials have increased presence in the hope that increased police presence will discourage distracted driving and prevent additional car accidents.

What is Distracted Driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified three categories of distracted driving:

  • Visual Distractions: activities that make a driver to take their eyes off the road;
  • Manual Distractions: activities that make a driver take their hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive Distractions: activities that take a driver’s thoughts away from driving.

Most distractions combine visual, manual and cognitive distraction. Distracted drivers are more likely to cause accidents. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that approximately 28% of crashes involve drivers using their phone to text or talk.

Michigan Bans Texting and Driving

The Michigan Motor Vehicle Code banned texting and driving in 2013. Michigan’s anti-texting law prohibits drivers from:

  • Reading, manually typing, or sending text messages;
  • Using a wireless communication device;
  • Placing the device on their lap; or
  • Holding the device in their hand.

The law also applies to smartphones and other all other personal communication devices. While the legal definition of distracted driving is limited, distracted driving includes many behaviors. Though this list is not exhaustive, examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a cell phone;
  • Searching for directions on a GPS;
  • Changing radio or other settings;
  • Using a hands-free device;
  • Eating or drinking;
  • Reading any text messages; or
  • Talking with passengers.

Distracted Driving Causes Life Altering Injuries in Michigan

Distracted drivers causes injuries on the road. These injuries can be life-altering for victims. While insurance may provide victims of distracted driving accidents with coverage for medical bills, insurance might not be enough to cover lost wages, emotional distress, long-term rehabilitation, and other non-economic losses a victim may have.

Let a Flint Criminal Defense Attorney Help

Distracted can led to severe injuries and even death. It is no wonder that law enforcement officials in Grand Blanc are taking extra steps to prevent distracted driving. If you were in an accident and you suspect the other driver was distracted, contact the distracted driving accident attorneys at Nickola Law. We can advise you on the best way to seek recovery for your injuries and assist you fully recover from your accident. Please contact us today at 810-767-5420 to schedule a consultation.

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