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My Town Belding: Health Department urges drivers to put away the phones
My Town Belding: Health Department urges drivers to put away the phones

BELDING, Mich.—The ice and snow are gone, but there are still many risks for drivers.

Memorial Day marked the beginning of the 100 deadliest days on the road for teenagers. An average of 261 teens die in crashes during each of the summer months.  That’s a 26 percent increase over the rest of the year.

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation institute, someone who is texting or checking their phone while driving is 23 times more likely to create an accident.

The Ionia County Health Department is asking all drivers to resist the urge to text or check their phone while driving. Drivers should pull off the highway if the message is urgent.  The Health Department also encourages passengers in a vehicle with a driver who is texting insist the driver stop for everyone’s safety.

Texting while driving is now banned in 43 states, including Michigan.  The fine in our state is $100 for the first offense.