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Law enforcement to focus on reducing distracted driving crashes during upcoming initiative

Distracted driving enforcement to take place in several Michigan communities April 7

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement agencies in several Michigan communities will be participating in a 4-hour distracted driving enforcement and awareness initiative. “Connect to Disconnect” (C2D) will take place on April 7, 2022, as part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” media campaign, which reminds drivers about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving and runs from April 7-11.

The goals of C2D are to demonstrate a nationwide commitment to enforcing texting and distracted driving laws and to reduce traffic crashes caused by distracted drivers, ultimately preventing injuries and deaths associated with cell phone use and texting while driving.

Participating law enforcement agencies include…

Allegan County Sheriff’s Office

Birmingham Police Department

Brighton Police Department

Brownstown Police

Dearborn Police Department

Grand Blanc Township Police Department

Hazel Park Police Department

Ingham County Sheriff's Office

Kent County Sheriff’s Office

Livonia Police Department

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

City of Mount Pleasant

MSP 7th District Hometown
Security Team

MSP Gaylord Post

MSP Grand Rapids Post

MSP Lakeview Post

MSP Mount Pleasant Post

MSP Paw Paw Post

Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office

Portage Department of Public Safety

Southfield Police Department

St. Clair Shores Police

Stanton Police Department

Thomas Township Police Department

Wyoming Department of Public Safety

According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts,, there were 14,236 motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver during 2020 in Michigan, and 48 of those crashes resulted in a fatality. The most common crash type for distracted driving crashes in 2020 was rear end, which accounted for 44.7 percent of distracted driving crashes.

“We’re hoping this enforcement period will help reduce the ever-increasing number of crashes involving distracted drivers,” said Alicia Sledge, interim director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “At the same time, we will send a reminder that texting while driving in Michigan is illegal, dangerous and deadly.”

Michigan law prohibits reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving. Exceptions include reporting crashes, crimes or other emergencies. The fine for a first offense is $100. The fine doubles to $200 for subsequent offenses.

Both C2D and “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” are programs of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information about distracted driving, visit or