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Reminder: Be Nice on Michigan Roads this Holiday Season

The Michigan State Police (MSP) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are reminding motorists to obey traffic laws as you prepare to celebrate the season.

“As you hit the road to see family this holiday season, make sure you stay safe by keeping your eyes on the road and off your phone,” said Governor Whitmer. “We all want to get to where we need to go, but road safety is on all of us. I urge every Michigander to do their part in keeping our roads safe by following our new hands-free technology law. We know that distracted driving can cause traffic delays and serious harm to you, your family, or your fellow Michiganders. This year, let’s keep each other safe and enjoy a happy holiday season.”

In June, Governor Whitmer signed legislation into law making it illegal to manually use a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while operating a vehicle on Michigan roads. The law makes holding or manually using a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while operating a vehicle a primary offense — which means an officer can stop and ticket drivers for this violation.

“Avoiding distractions while behind the wheel will make you a safer driver,” said Col. James F. Grady II, director of the MSP. “Simple acts and behavior changes can save lives. Never drive impaired, buckle up, watch your speed and make it a habit to check road conditions before you travel. Because Michigan’s winter weather can be unpredictable, we encourage everyone to plan ahead and add an emergency supply kit to your vehicle.”

From 2018 to 2022, during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, 66 people were killed in traffic crashes in Michigan, including 17 people who died in alcohol-involved crashes.

From now through Jan. 1, 2024, police throughout Michigan are participating in the federally funded “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign with increased patrols on roads and zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

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