Just Say NO to Distracted Driving!

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Driving and texting is not only dangerous and negligent—it is also illegal in Michigan. Drivers who break our state’s texting law will be stopped and cited. Texting while driving is especially hazardous because it involves three main types of distractions:  
  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual:  taking your hands off the wheel 
  • Cognitive:  taking your mind off the task of driving  
Since 2010, Michigan’s texting law prohibits drivers from reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving.  Violating the texting law can be very costly. Drivers convicted of a first offense may be fined $100 with subsequent offenses of $200.  
Distracted driving statistics are very disturbing: In 2016, an estimated 3,450 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving crashes made up 9.2 percent of all fatal crashes in 2016.  
In Michigan, distracted driving accounted for 12,788 crashes in 2016. Those crashes resulted in 43 fatalities and 5,103 injuries, according to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.  
According to a 2014 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones.  

Distracting activities include:
  • Using a cell phone and/or texting
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a PDA or navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Changing the radio station, CD, or MP3 player.
  • Loud music
Focus on the task at hand - driving:
 
  • Get familiar with vehicle features and equipment before pulling out into traffic.
  • Preset radio stations, MP3 devices, and climate control.
  • Secure items that may move around when the car is in motion. Do not reach down or behind the seat to pick up items.
  • Do not text, access the Internet, watch videos, play video games, search MP3 devices, or use any other distracting technology while driving.
  • Avoid smoking, eating, drinking, and reading while driving.
  • Pull safely off the road and out of traffic to deal with children.
  • Do personal grooming at home-not in the vehicle.
  • Review maps and driving directions before hitting the road.
  • Monitor traffic conditions before engaging in activities that could divert attention away from driving.
  • Ask a passenger to help with activities that may be distracting.
  • If driving long distances, schedule regular stops, every 100 miles or two hours.
  • Travel at times when you are normally awake and stay overnight rather than driving straight through.
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that may make you drowsy.
During delivery of your new vehicle from Livonia Chrysler Jeep please take time to have your salesperson review your vehicle's safety features, options, and electronics with you. If you cannot take the time to learn all the features of your car at delivery, we encourage you to set up a time to come back and go over everything with our team. 
 
Source: https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22760-238359--,00.html
 
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