“Get Your Head Out Of Your App!”

That’s the message the Michigan State Police are putting their efforts behind. They recently launched a new public awareness campaign solely focused on making sure drivers don’t use their smartphones while driving!

The reason they’re working so hard to remind people to focus ONLY on driving when behind the wheel comes from a recent study that was done for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning which shows 41% of drivers between the ages of 20 and 30 admitted to regularly texting or checking email while driving. There's also a lot of stories of younger drivers posting their excessive speed photos on Snapchat.

In 2015 alone, there were 28 fatalities due to distracted driving.

If safety for you and ALL the other people on the road isn’t enough of a reason to stop texting and driving, which it should be; Since July 1, 2010, it's illegal to text and drive in Michigan.  The first time you're caught texting and driving it's a $100 fine and then $200 for any time after that.

The State Police are sharing all this info on social media with the hashtags #DistractedDriving and #JustDrive

source: Michigan State Police