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TEXTING & DRIVING STATE LAW NOW IN EFFECT 

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.

Click the link below to view the New State Law:

TEXTING & DRIVING


MICHIGAN'S EMERGENCY VEHICLE CAUTION LAW
Click the link below to view information and FAQ's
"Move Over" law   

GRADUATED DRIVER’S LICENSE RESTRICTIONS
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.
Click here for more detailed information on this subject.

GIFT OF LIFE ORGAN DONATION

Every day, first responders put themselves in harm's way to serve and protect the public.  For some, their service to the community continues even after they are gone.

Our department is joining forces with dozens of police departments and other first responders across the state to honor our fallen heroes who have given their final gifts through organ, tissue and eye donation.


It's important to know that everyone can sign up to donate life, regardless of age or medical history.  Donors can save up to eight lives by providing organs for transplant and improve the lives of up to 75 others through the gifts of tissues and corneas.

 

You can help us to honor the fallen heroes among us and provide hope to the more than 3,300 people in the state waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.  Join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry today at giftoflifemichigan.org/go/fallenheroes