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Police crack down on distracted driving

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They are everywhere - drivers paying attention to phones, food, makeup and anything but the road

Those drivers are more likely to find themselves in trouble this week thanks to a multi-state crackdown.

Texting, calling, eating and applying lipstick while driving make someone a distracted driver.

"Just don't take a chance. It's too dangerous," Lt. Brian Cole said.

Now, Michigan is cracking down. 

"Not looking at the things that could happen while they're doing this and how quickly things happen. Not understanding that just four to five seconds of not paying attention to the road can really cause a lot of injury," Cole said.

It's part of a six-state initiative to take action against distracted driving. 

Police will have more cars on the road patrolling, and if a resident is caught it could mean a ticket. 

Police officers know what it looks like to not have your eyes on the road. 

"We look at lane use, heads buried, turn signals, etc.," Trooper Stephan Dehmel said. "We see it every day, all the time."

Distracted driving is more than just texting. It's anything that keeps your eyes off the road. 

"You want to make sure your children are properly attended to. If you decide you want to eat, stop at a restaurant, get all your grooming done, and set your GPS before you head out," Cole said.

It can even be some obscure things that could cause an accident or earn you a ticket.

"I saw some guy reading a book one time in Chicago, that was pretty intense," said John Schmidt, a driver.

Michigan joins Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in this initiative.

The distracted driving crackdown and extra patrol continue through Saturday.

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