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Six State Distracted Driving Crackdown

DETROIT, MI – The “6-State Trooper Project” will be conducted from July texting-while-driving

20th-26th, 2014.  Michigan State Police troopers along with five other states will be cracking down on distracted drivers who are texting while driving.

Troopers will also be on the lookout for seat belt use, speeding, aggressive and impaired driving.

Texting while driving is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or making other similar use of the web on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle. Texting while driving has become to be by many people including authorities as dangerous, and in some place has either been outlawed or restricted.

A 2010 experiment with Car and Driver magazine editor Eddie Alterman that took place at a deserted air strip showed that texting while driving had a worse impact on safety than if you were driving while intoxicated.

Besides Michigan troopers, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and West Virginia State Police are participating in the enforcement effort.

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