In her first State of the State address, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her endorsement of “hands-free” legislation banning holding a cell phone while driving.
House lawmakers have since put forward a few different plans for taking on distracted driving, from a full hands-free cell phone proposal to cracking down on social media use at the wheel.
Michigan already has laws on the books banning texting while driving. House Bills 4198 and 4199, sponsored by state Reps. Jason Sheppard, R-Lambertville, and Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, would extend that to other activities like checking social media or responding to email, and increase the fines for violations.