The Michigan State Police announced Friday that its troopers are joining with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia on the effort. The stepped-up enforcement is scheduled to begin Sunday and run through July 26.
Michigan State Police Director Kriste Kibbey Etue (AY'-too) says in a statement that the participating agencies also will be on the lookout for seat belt use and speeding as well as aggressive and impaired driving.
In 2013, 56 people died in crashes caused by distracted drivers, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol statistics. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which estimates that 3,328 people were killed and an estimated 421,000 were injured in distraction-related crashes in 2012.
To prevent distracted driving, motorists are urged to:
- Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
- Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
- Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task.
- Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.