2017-08-24 / News

Police Watching for Distracted Driving on Mackinac Bridge

Troopers from the St. Ignace State Police Post have recently increased specific patrols of the Mackinac Bridge, targeting distracted and careless drivers. Police say there has been a steady uptick of videos found on Internet sites showing drivers taking photographs, filming video, and doing many other activities other than focusing on controlling their vehicles.

A recent focused enforcement detail resulted in several drivers contacted and educated on the dangers of distracted and careless driving. These poor driving habits are particularly dangerous on the bridge during construction season.

Troopers will continue with focused enforcement of distracted and careless driving on the Mackinac Bridge. The public is reminded the law prohibits drivers from operating their vehicles in a careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property. This would include a driver taking photographs or video while traversing the bridge. Additionally, Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing, or sending a text message while driving.

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