April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Michigan State Police will be increasing patrols to crack down on distracted drivers.

According to the MSP website, there are three main types of distracted driving.

  • Visual - taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual - taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive - taking your mind off of what you're doing

The website warns against taking part in anything that may cause you to be in one of the three categories.  If you are caught distracted driving you'll be facing a $100 fine for first time offenders, and $200 after that.

The accident stats in Michigan due to distracted driving are alarming to say the least.  A cell phone seems to be the number one culprit according to the preliminary 2015 numbers.

In 2015 Michigan indicates 26 people were killed and 3,427 were injured in 7,361 motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver or driver using a cell phone.

Texting and driving is also a major cause, increasing your chances of being in an accident by more than 23%.

Make sure that your focus is on the road in front of you every time you are behind the wheel, and especially during April if you want to avoid a fine.

If you do insist on using your phone while you drive, at least be a little smarter than the guy below.