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Police Cracking Down On Distracted Driving

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MERIDIAN TWP., MI (WLNS) - If you've ever read a quick e-mail, sent a quick text or even checked your phone's GPS while behind the wheel, you're guilty of distracted driving and police in Meridian Township want you to stop.

Police in Meridian Twp. are cracking down on inattentive drivers.

Police say breaking the law is so serious they're going undercover to catch distracted drivers.

"I'm in an unmarked vehicle, plain clothes, driving, looking for people that are visibly distracted,” said Officer Kelly Blask, Meridian Township Police Department.

That didn't take long to do. As 6 News rode through the township with Officer Blask, we saw several drivers doing things they shouldn't behind the wheel.

"In Michigan, you can't text, you can't read any type of email or text messages on your phone."

And when officer Blask caught someone in the act, she told Sergeant Scott Dawson, who was nearby in a marked patrol car.

Sergeant Dawson would then track down the offender and write a ticket.

Penalties are not inexpensive. One driver has to pay at least $225 for failing to keep her hands off her phone and her eyes on the road.

Meridian Township police started this special enforcement in August and will continue tracking down distracted drivers to help keep the roads safe.
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