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Police are cracking down on distracted driving statewide

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

It doesn’t matter where, police are paying extra attention to make sure drivers are keeping their eyes on the road.

“I'm hoping that they don't hit somebody, like somebody doesn't stop right in front of them and then smash right into them,” said Maliah Czachowrski.

“It actually scares the heck out of me because I ride around with people a lot and they are on their phone,” Czachowrski said. “It's scary, just going over into the other lane a little bit is pretty nerve raking.” 

Midland Police said driver inattention is the leading cause behind most crashes.

Through the month of April, there is a statewide distracted driving crack down. Police are watching for anyone not keep their eyes on the road. 

“Eating while driving, changing your radio station, other passengers in your vehicle, exterior distractions, things going on on the side of the road, road construction – something you might drive by could cause a potential distraction,” said Midland Police Officer Joshua Thielen.

Thielen said doing these things alone won't land you with a ticket. But they could still end up costing you.

“It's what you miss that's going to get you the ticket, for instance if you changing the radio station and talking to a passenger and you roll through a stop sign, or run a red light,” Thielen said.

Thielen said one thing that will definitely earn you a ticket if caught is texting. A first offense is $100.

“Hopefully people are more aware, and a little bit more scared to be doing that kind of stuff,” Czachowrski said.

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