June 13, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tom Greenwood

Road work takes a break for racing; texting movie draws reactions

‘Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway ...”

Good news, race fans, the Michigan Department of Transportation has suspended work on most major state highways in south-central Michigan for this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Michigan International Speedway.

Work on most state roads in the Brooklyn area is now suspended until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. But there are exceptions:

■In Jackson County, U.S. 127 will have one lane open in each direction between Parnell and Henry roads with all traffic shifted to the southbound side.

■At the I-94/U.S. 127 interchange the ramp from WB I-94 to SB U.S. 127 is closed with a posted detour. North U.S. 127 over I-94 is open.

Getting to the Point

Are you planning on satisfying your roller coaster jones with a trip to Cedar Point?

Be aware that starting at 9 tonight until 6 a.m. Monday there is a double lane closure on south Interstate 75 between Huron River Drive to Nadeau Drive.

You might consider Telegraph or I-275. However, be aware that there is a double lane closure on south I-275 from Will Carlton Road to I-75, but according to MDOT, the closures should be over by 8 tonight.

Dangers of texting

Everyone knows that texting while in a movie theater is bad.

Everyone also knows that texting while driving is even worse, which is why Volkswagen has put together an eye-opening video called “Eyes on the Road,” which can be seen on YouTube.

The people at VW ran their public service announcement at a movie theater in Hong Kong. The audience starts out watching a point of view video of a car driving down an empty road.

The theater then uses an on-site broadcaster to send texts to the moviegoers. I won’t tell you what happens but it gave the audience — and will give you — an idea of what can happen when you text and drive.

At last count, “Eyes on the Road” has garnered more than 4 million hits. Make it one more.

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