There will be more warnings, but no tickets yet when it comes to distracted driving in Troy. Officers were expected to begin writing tickets for distracted driving, however there’s been a delay.
The Troy Police Department says the “distracted driving” signs have not yet been installed along the main road entrances to the City so officers will continue to issue warnings to drivers until the signs are installed.
“We believe it is important to have these signs posted before we begin the enforcement phase of this program,” a statement said. “We will make a public announcement prior to beginning the enforcement phase.”
The ordinance went into effect July first. Fines could run as high as $200.
According to city’s website, the ordinance prohibits three distinctive types of distracted driving behavior:
The first type prohibits, with exceptions, any activity necessary to or associated with the use of a two way wireless electronic communication device for the purpose of sending or receiving text messages while driving a motor vehicle.
The second type prohibits, with exceptions, any activity necessary to or associated with the use of a hand held wireless electronic device for the purpose of sending or receiving voice messages while driving a motor vehicle. The use of a hands free device is allowed.
The third type prohibits any other activity that distracts a driver, such that it results in the failure of the driver to use due care and caution in the safe operation of a motor vehicle. Examples include, but are not limited to, eating, grooming, reading, writing, or other activities that prevent the driver from having control of the motor vehicle, with at least one hand on the steering wheel or other steering mechanism.
The exceptions include if a person has to report a traffic accident or other medical emergency or road hazard or if a driver believes his/her personal safety is in jeopardy.
The distracted driving law is a primary offense, meaning officers can ticket a driver for distracted driving without any other violations.
The State of Michigan’s texting while driving ban went into effect July first.
Troy officials say the goal of the new law isn’t to generate more revenue for the city, but reduce the number of traffic crashes.
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