Troy distracted driver law takes effect

Troy— Drivers driving in or through Troy today on the first working day after the holidays will have to put down their cell phones or bagels and clasp their wheels with both hands.

Police have begun enforcing the city’s new driving while distracted ordinance, which went into effect Saturday.

Anyone caught doing almost anything while driving may face fines from $75 to $200. Banned behaviors include texting, eating, playing with pets or using a cell phone while the vehicle is motion. Engaging in personal hygiene also qualifies under the ordinance.

Steering with your knees while noshing on a sandwich or applying mascara while driving is unlawful.

The fines carry no points, and Troy police insisted in a presentation to the City Council last summer that safety is the motivating factor.

Since November 2009, the city has collected crash data from driver and witness statements that identified distracted driver behaviors as direct causes of traffic collisions.

via Detroit News

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