Ban on Using Phones While Driving Passes

May 12, 2023

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Drivers in Michigan won’t be allowed to use cell phones while driving under legislation headed to Governor Whitmer. The three-bill package received bipartisan support in both chambers.

Background:

The legislature passed a ban on texting while driving in 2010. However, despite multiple attempts, they were unable to pass an outright ban on mobile phone usage in prior sessions.

Key points:

    • A driver would be prohibited from taking or making phone calls while driving, watching videos, and using social networking sites, among other things.
    • The legislation allows for exceptions due to an emergency.
    • Drivers can continue to take and make phone calls using hands-free devices.
    • The bill would take effect June 30, 2023
    • There is a five-year sunset in the bill, at which time the legislature would need to pass additional legislation to keep the ban in place.

Enforcement:

    • Police could treat a violation as the primary or sole reason to issue a citation.
    • The bill would require drivers to pay a fine for violations.
    • If violated, a driver would have points added onto their driving record beginning with the second violation.
    • A driver with repeated violations would be required to take a driver improvement course.

Next steps:

The bills will be sent to Governor Whitmer for her consideration.

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