Local Township Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

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MERIDIAN TWP - Be prepared to pay the consequences, if you are tempted to break the law and text while driving in Meridian Township.

Police Chief David Hall announced Monday that his officers are using a new tactic to identify distracted drivers. In a statement to the media, the chief says that officers patrolling in unmarked cars and wearing civilian clothing are pointing out distracted drivers to uniformed officers in marked police cars. The uniformed officers then stop distracted drivers to take enforcement action.

"This approach is being taken to encourage drivers to think twice before reading or sending text messages because an officer may be in the car next to them," says Chief Hall in the statement.

The statement sites statistics indicating in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in the United States in accidents involving a distracted driver.

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