If you live in Michigan, you already know that the roads can be difficult to navigate, even under the best circumstances. Unfortunately, Michigan’s streets are considered some of the worst in the nation, with concerns over the impact of weather and the lack of funds to keep up with the damaging snow, rain and normal wear and tear from traffic. Michigan drivers may face a rough time during commuting hours, or while traveling across the state to enjoy a weekend getaway, simply because of the condition of the roads. But, road conditions are only part of the dangers of driving in Michigan.
Michigan’s distracted driving laws can vary across the state, depending on local regulations. For instance, throughout Michigan it is illegal to text while driving, but, you are still allowed to use handheld cellphone use in many places, depending on your age or driving experience. Cities like Detroit and Troy, however, have banned handheld cellphone use in addition to the state law against texting while driving, as an extra safety measure. If you’re caught texting while driving in Michigan, you will pay a $100 fine for a first offense, and $200 for any subsequent offenses. Drinking and driving is another danger on the roads in Michigan, and if convicted of a DWI charge, you could face court fines, jail time, community service, an ignition interlock installation and more.
If you are driving in Michigan, you already know how hard it can be to get around the potholes and construction sites that are everywhere. With harsh winter weather creating more problems on streets and highways, and the warmer seasons during which the roads are being repaired, the last thing you need to be distracted by is your phone or the “buzz” from a night out. Navigating Michigan’s difficult roads is a lot easier when your full attention is focused on driving safely, without a distracting phone or the blurred vision from a few too many happy hour drinks.