Michigan House approves bills banning cell phone use while driving; what fines would be

Cindy F. Cape

Lansing — Using a cell phone while driving would be illegal under bills passed by the Michigan House Tuesday — the latest attempt to push through legislation meant to cut down on distracted driving. 

The House voted 75-26 to pass the package’s main bill, which would ban the use of all mobile devices while driving, including cell phones, laptops or tablets. There are exceptions made for hands-free devices, emergency calls, GPS hands or selecting a number on a phone. 

“Michigan’s roads are still far too dangerous,” said Rep. Mari Manoogian, a Birmingham Democrat and a sponsor of the package. “Too many Michiganders are not making it home at the end of the day. … As a body it is up to us to do everything we can to keep Michigan safe.”


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