Distracted Driving Ordinance Enforced in Troy, Michigan
Troy has recently begun enforcing a new “distracted driving” ordinance, after a delay to allow for the installation of proper signage. Many are calling them the the toughest texting laws in the nation as any use of a cell-phone, GPS, or other electronic device in any way except with your voice. Even getting your phone or Bluetooth in position is barred if not performed before you begin driving. Finally, the ordinance is so broad that anything that could distract you including applying make-up or petting your dog could result in you getting a ticket. Our Attorneys at Garmo & Kiste, PLC have the necessary relationships with area prosecutors to negotiate deals, and attempt to get your ticket dismissed.
Recently our Attorneys were able to avoid both licensing ramifications and prolonged probation for a client with a Minor in Possession charge by negotiating a sentence pursuant to the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). Otherwise this would have been his MIP 3rd, resulting in suspension of his license for 60 days and a violation of his felony probation in Macomb County. This type of sentencing is available for offenders who are between the ages of 17 and one day shy of their 21st birthday. Though rarely used in a case like this, HYTA sentencing goes to show that creative solutions and knowledgeable attorneys can make the difference between a bad result and a success.