Distracted Driving Legislation Signed

Jun 9, 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.

Beginning June 30, drivers in Michigan can no longer use mobile devices while driving under legislation signed by Governor Whitmer this week. This adds to the state’s current ban on texting while driving.

Key Points:

  • This is a blanket ban on using a mobile device while driving. Including watching or recording videos, engaging in social media, among other usages.
  • The new law allows a driver to use hands-free technology to use their cell phone.
  • Violations may result in fines and points added to their driving record.
  • A driver who is found responsible for three or more civil infractions within a three-year period must take a basic driver improvement course.
  • The Michigan State Police must submit a progress report on the effectiveness of the new law in three and a half years.
  • There are exemptions within the law for certain emergency situations.

Impact:

Those behind the changes are hopeful this will result in a reduction of accidents in Michigan, which has been the case in other states that implemented similar changes.

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