ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan State Police Department is seeking to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving.
According to a news release, more than 3,000 people were killed nationwide from distracted-affected crashes in 2012. Distracted driving includes texting, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, and watching a video or adjusting the radio.
Officials said texting while driving is especially dangerous because it requires the visual, manual, and cognitive attention of the driver.
The Michigan State Police Department released a few tips to decrease distracted driving:
- Get familiar with the car features and equipment before driving.
- Secure any items that could move around while driving.
- Do not text, access the Internet, watch videos, play video games, or use any technology while driving.
- Review maps and driving directions before hitting the road.
- Avoid any alcohol or medications that could make you sleepy behind the wheel.
- Pull over to deal with children.
- Preset radio stations and climate control.
More information about distracted driving can be found on the Michigan.gov website.