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Texting and Driving – Man Charged with Woman’s Death Now Facing Charges

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41 year-old Jerry Joseph is charged with causing the death of a Lapeer-area woman, because he was texting while driving.  This is the first time charges of this nature have been filed in Michigan. 

Michigan law made it illegal to text, email, or in any way manipulate electronic devices (including GPS units) while driving, as of August 1, 2010.   I’ll admit, I used to text and email frequently while driving – and I had myself convinced that it did not affect my driving.  I stopped, before Michigan law banned it.  Are you still guilty of doing this?
If you are, you need to stop.  Put the phone in the trunk if you need to.

CBS Detroit has more on the case unfolding in Lapeer County:

“The allegations are that he (Joseph) was operating a motor vehicle on M-21, right around the speed limit, about 55 to 60 miles per hour. And there’s some evidence that he was texting either simultaneously or just prior to a collision where he disregarded the stop sign,” said Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh.

Phone records revealed that Joseph was texting just seconds before the impact.

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