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Posted on: January 27, 2016

[ARCHIVED] ELPD, MSU Police Continue Cooperative Distracted Driving Initiative

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In an effort to keep drivers and pedestrians safe, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) and Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) are continuing to collaborate on a distracted driving enforcement initiative in the East Lansing-MSU community.

ELPD and MSUPD officers went out in plain clothes and unmarked cars on Tuesday, Jan. 26 for a third round of undercover enforcement. In just under six hours, 11 people were stopped and cited for texting while driving. Drivers were stopped in the City and on campus.

“Distracted driving continues to be a major problem in the East Lansing-MSU community,” said ELPD Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth. “ELPD and MSUPD are committed to enforcing the law in the hopes of reducing the amount of accidents connected to texting while driving.”

The distracted driving initiative was launched in November 2015 and a total of 27 people have been cited over the course of three rounds of enforcement. Total ticket costs for a first offense are $215 and a second offense is $310.

The initiative has been successful due to the undercover aspect of enforcement. ELPD and MSUPD plan to continue the initiative in the months to come.

View the Michigan law that prohibits texting while driving: https://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28mvtjtjx1c2044dod0dwmidkv%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-257-602b.

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