Looks like texting and driving is as popular as ever.
A new survey revealed that despite high awareness and knowledge (97.8 percent) of the dangers of texting while driving among drivers, many U.S. adults and teens still engage in the deadly behavior anyway. The Kars for Kids survey also indicated that 42.7 percent or drivers read incoming messages while driving and 29.9 percent send out text messages while driving, despite said knowledge. The study was conducted in a July 2013 survey among 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
The survey also revealed that 19.6 percent of respondents know people who have been in car accidents which were a result of texting and driving.
All Michigan drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Under Michigan's anti-texting law (sec. 257.602.b) a driver shall not "read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the person's hand or in the person's lap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personal communication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street in this state."The exceptions include drivers who
Report a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious road hazard.
Report a situation in which the person believes his or her personal safety is in jeopardy.
Report or avert the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the individual or another person.
Carry out official duties as a police officer, law enforcement official, member of a paid or volunteer fire department, or operator of an emergency vehicle.@
Fines for texting are $100 for a first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses. Michigan’s texting law is considered a "primary" law. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.