Michigan State Police on the lookout for distracted drivers
The Michigan State Police Tri-City Post is increasing patrols throughout the month of August in an effort to cut down on distracted driving. "As motorists are traveling the roadways for the end of summer vacations and back to school shopping, troopers will be out on patrol looking for those not wearing their seat belts and those driving distracted in an effort to keep motorists safe and prevent senseless traffic crashes," a Michigan State Police Tri-City Post news release states. State police officials say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cited driver inattention as the leading factor in most crashes and near crashes. Any non-driving activities that cause a driver to look away from the road should always be avoided, the release states. Troopers urge drivers to stay alert and offer the following tips to avoid distractions while behind the wheel:
- Have your trip planned and know your route before your leave.
- Put your phone down and do not text, access the internet, watch videos. play games or search using the phone.
- Avoid smoking, eating, drinking and reading while driving.
- Do personal grooming at home and not in the vehicle.
- Ask a passenger to help with activities that may be distracting.
- Travel at times when you are normally awake, and always avoid alcohol or other medications that may make you drowsy.