Put the phone down. That text can wait. It could cost you more than money from a ticket or a fine. It could cost you your life.

Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. (National Safety Council)

(Credit: NSC.org)

And the numbers hit close to home here in the mitten state.

Distracted driving crashes in Michigan increased by 57 percent, and the number of fatalities from those crashes increased by 67 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to Michigan State Police.

There were 20,115 crashes in Michigan during 2017 involving distracted driving, resulting in 72 fatalities. (WXYZ)

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Join Feldman Automotive in saving lives as they spread awareness about the dangers of driving distracted on Monday, April 8 from 2 PM to 7 PM (Large will be broadcasting live from 4 PM to 6 PM). Feldman will have distracted driving simulators at each of its 8 locations so consumers can experience the potential dramatic and harmful implications of driving while distracted.

And Large will have free 97.5 Now FM gear. Bring the kids. Bring yourself. And let's have a real talk about DISTRACTED DRIVING.

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