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Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Hands-Free Cell Phone Bill for Drivers

February 19, 2021, 7:48 AM

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Distracted driving with cell phones continues to be a safety issue across the country.

Three state lawmakers -- Reps. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), Mike Mueller (R-Linden) and Joseph Bellino (R-Monroe) -- on Thursday introduced legislation to ban motorists from using cell phones while driving, except for reporting accidents or other emergencies, The Oakland Press reports. Hands-free use would be allowed.

“Distracted driving is a danger to every person on Michigan’s roads, and our current laws simply don’t do enough to keep people from using their mobile devices while driving,” Manoogian said in a statement.

“Ensuring the safety of Michigan drivers is not a partisan issue, and it’s time that we give law enforcement the tools necessary to properly dissuade people from driving while using their cell phones. I’m grateful to be able to introduce this package in a bipartisan manner so that we can finally make Michigan a hands-free driving state.”

About 25 other states have similar laws.

Read more:  The Oakland Press

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