Don't Get Caught On The Phone While Driving In Michigan, Especially In Troy

By Scott Sarvay

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 1:28 PM EDT

TROY, Michigan (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Texting while driving is already illegal in Michigan. But now the city of Troy is going one step further by implementing a distracted driving ordinance that will ticket anyone that drives through their city whose main priority isn't operating their vehicle.

Lt. Robert Redmond with the Troy Police Department says, “Those include talking on cell phones and texting. They include drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, petting the pets in the car, children running lose in the car and anything that distracts your ability to handle the motor vehicle in a safe operation is distracted driving.”

Troy city officials decided to create such a law after they saw an increase of car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Some drivers who support the new ordinance admit they've made bad choices behind the wheel in the past.

Ordinance Supporter Charlie Kharsa says, “I dropped my cell phone about eight years ago and when it rang I go to reach for it and a car in front of me on the freeway stopped and I almost slammed into them.”

Those who violate the new law will have to pay the price.

Lt. Redmond says, “Distracted driving is a $200 fine. The fines are set by the district court not by the city or the police department. There’s a $70 fine for talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.

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