The Auburn Hills Police Department is joining a national effort to curb texting during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 

Law enforcement will step up patrols for people who text while driving during April.

Michigan's texting law prohibits drivers from reading, typing or sending text messages while driving. If stopped, drivers face a $100 for their first offense and $200 in subsequent offenses. 

"Driving and texting is not only dangerous and irresponsible, it’s illegal,” Chief Doreen Olko said in a news release. “Drivers who break our state’s texting law will be stopped and cited.”

In Michigan, distracted driving accounted for 12,788 crashes in 2016. Of those crashes, 43 fatalities and 5,103 injuries were reported to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center. 

In 2016, 3,450 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The Police Department said texting is especially dangerous because it involves three types of distraction including visual, by taking eyes off the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; and cognitive, taking your mind off driving.


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