Motor vehicle crashes are a major cause of death in the United States and are the single most common cause of death among children and young adults, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During 2021, preliminary data shows the following number of people died on Michigan roads:
WHAT do House Bills 4277, 4278, and 4279 mean for you?
House Bills 4277, 4278, and 4279 will build upon Michigan’s distracted driving laws. This proposed legislation, which would require drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, will provide law enforcement and the public with a clear understanding of the law. If there a portable electronic device in the driver’s hand, they are in violation. Banning the use of a hand-held portable electronic device while driving will have a positive impact on reducing traffic fatalities and injuries. The bottom line is Hands-Free legislation will save lives!
|First violation would be a Civil Infraction||0 POINTS||$100 FINE|
|Second violation||1 POINT||$250 FINE|
|Third or more violation(s)||2 POINTS||$250 FINE|
Currently, 90% of the population own a smartphone. Any smart phone can work with voice activation free (Apple – Siri, Android – FREE apps to download to work with voice tech, Google Assistant.) A driver may also activate or deactivate a portable electronic device while operating IF the device is mounted on the vehicle windshield, dashboard or center console, with a single swipe or tap of the person’s finger. If a mount is needed, those can be found for a very low price of under $5.