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Distracted driving police operation using unmarked cars begins in Michigan

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Michigan State Police

Starting today Michigan State Police begin a coordinated search for drivers who watch their cell phones instead of the roadway

Police call it “Operation Ghost Rider.”

Unmarked cars containing a law enforcement passenger will cruise roads, examining whether drivers in nearby vehicles are focusing on their phones.

When they find such a driver, the unmarked “ghost” car will radio in to a patrol vehicle, which then pulls the driver over in a traffic stop.

Michigan’s distracted driver law calls for an initial one-hundred dollar fine, two-hundred dollars for repeat offenders.

Officials say in a statement that on average a driver takes about five seconds to send or look at a text, enough time for a vehicle to travel the length of a football field at highway speeds.

That can lead to accidents that officials say are completely preventable.

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