By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Dec. 12, 2019
The Michigan House passed legislation Wednesday that bans drivers under the age of 18 from using cell phones while driving.
The bill defines cell phone use as the act of initiating a call, answering a call or engaging in verbal communication through a phone and bans distracted driving.
The law would not apply to individuals who are reporting accidents or other emergencies.
The current law only applies to individuals with learner’s permits or restricted licenses.
State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) spearheaded the bill.
“This is a matter of life and death,” said Manoogian. “Every year, distracted driving causes thousands of crashes in our state, resulting in preventable injuries and loss of life. As lawmakers, it is up to us to enact laws that keep Michiganders safe and this bill does just that. Our young drivers are the most vulnerable to accidents and we need to do everything we can to protect them.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer applauded the Michigan House of Representatives for passing the bill.
“As a mom, there’s nothing more important to me than the safety of my kids, and I know every parent in Michigan feels the same way,” Whitmer said. “That’s why Rep. Manoogian’s legislation is so important. We don’t just need better roads, we need safer roads. This bill will help us put an end to distracted driving, protect our kids, and ensure the safety of Michigan drivers. It’s my hope that the Michigan Senate will do the right thing and pass this bill so we can protect Michiganders everywhere.”