Increasing Restrictions on Cell Phone Use While Driving

A new bill has been introduced to the Michigan House that would greatly increase the limitations of cell phone use while driving.  While texting and driving is already illegal, the new bill will expand the restrictions to include:

“Conducting a search; viewing, taking, or transmitting an image or video; playing games; performing a command or request to access an internet page; and composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving an e-mail message, text message, instant message or other electronic data.”

Under the new bill, anyone who violates the law would face a fine of $250 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense.  The transportation committee will hold another hearing on May 30, and the committee is expected to hold a vote in early June.

Essentially this bill will make it easier for law enforcement to enforce cell phone related tickets, because currently drivers can simply deny they were texting.

California adopted similar legislation and saw traffic fatalities drop by 22 percent and deaths related to using hand-held devices drop by 47%.

Personally, I’d like to see this policy adopted.  I see people driving everyday while distracted by their cell phones.  I’ve seen first hand many accidents related to cellphone use while driving that involved my clients and what’s most frustrating is these incidents are totally avoidable.

Anyone else have any thoughts on why or why not they’d like to see this legislation passed?  Please feel free to comment.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!





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