Distracted driving police operation using unmarked cars begins in Michigan
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.