Cell Phone Ban While Driving – Troy Michigan Update
Some new laws in Michigan an Troy have limited what you can do while you are driving. Effective July 1st, Michigan’s ban on text message went into effect. On the first offense, you can be fined $100. The second offense, you can be fined $200. More recently, the city of Troy Michigan followed up with tougher driving laws. The city banned the use of cell phones while driving. Even tougher than texting and driving or dialing/talking while driving, the city of Troy’s ordinance also outlaw’s other forms of distractive driving including “eating, writing, performing personal hygiene/grooming/ physical interaction with pet, passengers or unsecured cargo.” The law applies if the driver does not have at least one hand on the wheel with “a controlled grip.” The ordinance was to take effect October 1st, 2010, but enforcement has been delayed due to a lack of signs warning motorists about the new law.
My thoughts. Enough with the delays already. It is a fact that it is dangerous to text and drive and talk and drive. According to an article at www.testinganddrivingstatistics.com. “Texting and Driving Statistics”. When a driver texts while driving, their reaction time will decrease by 35%. When texting, steering capability goes down by a tremendous amount; 91%. Also, a driver is twenty three times more likely to get into a car accident while dialing a number into their cellular devices. The article further states that texting and driving hits the demographic age group of 16-20 years of age especially hard. And that this age group is more prone to crash anyways without the added danger of texting and driving.
More alarming statistics. An article on www.edgarsnyder.com. “Car Accident Cell Phone Statistics”. This article states that the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone driving restrictions. Also, 56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones while behind the wheel, while 13% admit to driving and texting.
I think everyone would agree with me. These laws need to be passed everywhere and enforced. I remember the time when you were not legally required to wear a seat belt. After the laws were passed, a lot of people ignored them. But, if you look around today, most people abide by those laws. If you did not wear your seat belt, then a couple of tickets sure would change your behavior. I think universal laws across all counties and states that are enforced will be accepted someday. Lets get on with it already.
Sources: www.testinganddrvingstatistics.com, www.edgarsyder.com