Monday, October 8, 2012
We asked readers to tell us why they won't text and drive, and here's what they said.
Patch.com in Michigan partnered with AT&T to raise awareness about distracted driving. As part of our series, we are rewarding readers who commit to not text and drive with a contest. Here are the winners, and why they won't text and drive: Denise Roberts of Milford: I will never text and drive. My son and I watch too many drivers distracted by their phones. Talking and texting in school zones also should be illegal. I see too many parents picking up their children from school that are distracted with cell phone use. This puts our children and others at risk just walking to school. Deborah Lines of Troy: I pledge to never text and drive because I value my life and those of my children and their friends who often ride in my car. By setting …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Law enforcement agents say yes, you can, get pulled over for texting and driving in Michigan, but the law is difficult to enforce.
Texting and driving is illegal in Michigan, but local and state law enforcement agents and experts say the law is difficult to enforce. Public Act 60 of 2010 prohibits operating a motor vehicle while reading, typing, or sending a text message on an electronic wireless device. There have been 43 texting and driving citations so far this year in Macomb, 199 in Oakland and 185 Wayne, according to Michigan State Police. Michigan State Police Sgt. Mike Church said the texting and driving statute is difficult to enforce, especially with the advancements in smart phones since the law was put in effect in 2010. When an officer pulls over someone for texting and driving, which is a civil infraction, the phone can’t be seized for proof. “It makes …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Our anti-texting and driving contest wraps up Oct. 3. Enter now for your chance to win a smart phone or other cool gadgets from AT&T.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tell us why you won't text and drive and you could win some cool prizes, including smart phone with accessories that promote safe use! Patch has partnered with AT&T to raise awareness about distracted driving.
You've no doubt glanced over at a driver next to you and see him texting. AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign discourages the dangerous behavior. Distracted driving contributed to 5,474 traffic deaths in 2009 nationwide, and 3,986 accidents in Michigan last year. "Our goal is to save lives," AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson said in a release. Patch.com in Michigan is partnering with AT&T to raise awareness about distracted driving. We are launching a series of stories and, in partnership with AT&T, are also rewarding readers who commit to not text and drive. We want to know what stops you from texting and driving. In the comments below, finish this sentence, "I won't text and drive because ..." Maybe it's for family, a friend, a pet, or …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
New technology has been introduced to help curb distracted drivers from texting and driving. Check out these apps and gadgets that can help make you a less distracted driver.
Texting and driving is a choice. It's a dangerous choice, but nonetheless, it's a choice drivers make every time they get behind the wheel. It's ironic that there are technologies that were created to block us from our own leaps in communication technology. However, with texting and driving being called a "national epidemic" by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, nonprofit groups to automakers, communications giants and concerned parents have created technologies that will make the roads a safer place. Here's a look at some of the applications, gadgets and in-vehicle technologies that have been invented to cut down on distracted driving. Motorola Text-To-Speech Bluetooth Headset When paired with the application MotoSpeak, the Motorola …
Monday, September 24, 2012
If one simple thing could save a life, would you do it? How about not texting while behind the wheel? Patch editors in Michigan are joining with AT&T in pledging that 'It Can Wait.' Here's why.
Patch.com editors in Michigan are asking our communities to join us and take a pledge not to text while driving. To support this effort, we’re teaming up with AT&T to offer some cool prizes for those who tell us why they won’t text and drive. AT&T's recent "No Text is Worth Dying For" advertisements tell the stories about the last text sent by people who have died in crashes. Over the next couple weeks, we’re also going to share stories about why this issue is so critical in Michigan and in our communities, what our young people are learning about texting and driving at school, what local laws say, and how you can stay focused behind the wheel. Jim Santilli, executive director of the nonprofit Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, …