Video On Distracted Driving A Step Out Of The Box For MDOT

Posted at 9:49 AM, Dec 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-24 09:49:55-05

LANSING, Mich. — The latest video from the Michigan Department of Transportation is not what you would expect from a government agency.

In the video, a Michigan State Police Lt. Thad Peterson and MDOT’s Bob Felt, playing a sports announcer, hold microphones and provide color commentary interspersed with images of a prison inmate pacing his cell.

“Bob, I expect to see a flurry of activity in a very confined space today, punctuated by long stretches of boredom,” says Peterson.

But the topic is serious: distracted driving. The point: it could land you in jail.

The new video is titled “Distracted driver crashes and goes to jail. The video was produced by the MDOT Office of Communications in partnership with the Michigan State Police (MSP), the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, and the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan (TIA).