OAK PARK (CBS Detroit) A trooper on his Michigan State Police motorcycle saw something eye-catching Wednesday morning: A speeding vehicle with the driver steering with both knees while she texted on her cell phone.
It happened on the ramp from I-96 to I-696 in western Oakland County, police said. The vehicle was travelling approximately 82 mph.
The driver, a 28-year-old woman from Belleville, was stopped and cited for speeding, and under Michigan’s new texting while driving law.
Michigan’s texting while driving prohibition took effect July 1, 2012. It prohibits drivers from reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Drivers face a $100 fine for the first offense and $200 for the second offense.
Distracted driving continues to be a huge problem on the metro freeway system. Most traffic crashes are caused by the driver either taking their eyes off the road, taking their hands off the wheel or their mind off of what they are doing. Following too closely and speed continue to cause the majority of the crashes on the freeways and trunk lines.
Please be careful driving on Michigan’s roads. Drive safely; keep your distance from the car in front of you and your thumbs on the wheel.