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The Shelby Township Police Department wants residents to be aware that a New State Law (257-602b) bans the typing, sending and reading of all text messages while driving. 

Banned devices include wireless 2-way communication devices, including cell phones in a person's hand or lap while operating a motor vehicle THAT IS MOVING on a highway or street. 

Exemptions & Exceptions:  GPS or navigation systems affixed to motor vehicles are exempt.  There are also exceptions for the public for the purpose of reporting crashes, crimes and other emergencies.  Also, while in the course of their official duties, law enforcement, fire fighters (paid and volunteer) and operators of emergency vehicles are exempt.

Officers MAY OBTAIN CONSENT to examine a 2-way communication device; however, without consent, Officers MAY NOT lawfully seize and individual's device to examine the contents.  Officers MAY NOT obtain a search warrant or investigative subpoena solely for a violation of 257.602b because this violation is a civil infraction.

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"Move Over" law   

A bill was recently signed adding new restrictions to the Graduated Driver License (GDL).  These restrictions address the concerns created by inexperienced drivers who drive at night or with teenage passengers.  House Bill 4493 will become effective March 31, 2011.  The following are major changes:
*GDL level two drivers are prohibited from having more than one passenger under the age of 21 (“youthful passengers”). 
There are two exceptions to this restriction – a GDL level two driver may have additional youthful passengers:  1) if those passengers are members of the driver’s immediate family; or 2) when driving to or from a school-sanctioned event.
*GDL level two drivers are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (“nighttime”). 
There are two exceptions to the nighttime driving restriction – a GDL level two driver may drive at nighttime if:  1) he or she is accompanied by his or her parent, legal guardian, or a licensed driver over the age of 21 who has been designated by the driver’s parent or legal guardian; or 2) he or she is traveling to or from employment.
GDL level two drivers and their parents should pay close attention to these restrictions and their exceptions.  It is very important to realize that the exceptions for these restrictions do not overlap.
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