Law enforcement across Michigan is joining forces to reduce distracted driving crashes.
It's part of a national campaign that begins Thursday called Connect to Disconnect.
Twenty-six law enforcement agencies in Michigan are participating, including a few in West Michigan.
Police will be participating in a four-hour enforcement and awareness initiative on April 7 as part of the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” media campaign, which reminds drivers about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving and runs from April 7-11
According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, more than 14,200 crashes in 2020 involved a distracted driver, resulting in 48 deaths.
Rear-ending was the most common type of distracted driving crash, accounting for nearly 45% of all crashes.
Texting while driving is illegal unless you're reporting crashes, crimes, or other emergencies.
The fine for a first offense is $100. It doubles to $200 for subsequent offenses.