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U Drive - U text - You Pay campaign begins Thursday
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 06:36:46 EDT
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The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies across the nation to intensify enforcement of texting and distracted driving laws. This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's national U Drive, U Text, U Pay, high visibility enforcement effort that runs from April 8th through April 12th.
According to information from the Michigan State Police, there were 18,096 distracted driving crashes in 2019, resulting in 70 fatalities.
"People know texting and driving is dangerous and illegal, but they do it anyway," said St. Clair County Sheriff Mat King. "There will be increased enforcement efforts. Deputies will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. We are not trying to rack up citations, we are trying to save lives."
Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Exceptions are in place for reporting crashes, crimes, or other emergencies. The fine for a first offense is $100. The fine doubles to $200 for subsequent offenses.