eyes on the road. hands on the wheel

Hands-Free Michigan

Hands-Free legislation is needed
in Michigan

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).

People died on Michigan roads in 2019

WHAT does Proposed SB 409 mean for you?

SB 409 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!

“Use” of a portable electronic device is clearly defined in SB 409. Examples include a driver cannot watch, record, or broadcast videos such as YouTube, Netflix, or access the internet. Drivers may still use a GPS or navigation system and make and take phone calls. Driver’s who are issued a Level 1 or 2 Graduated License shall not use a portable electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

Prohibition on the use of portable electronic devices would not apply when:

Reporting a traffic crash, medical emergency, or serious road hazard.
Reporting a situation in which the person believes his/her personal safety is in jeopardy.
Operate or program of an automated motor vehicle, while the automated driving system is engaged.
Carrying out the official duties as a police officer, law enforcement official, member of a fire department, or operator of an emergency vehicle.
Report or to avert the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the individual or another person.
First violation would be a Civil Infraction 0 POINTS $125 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.

SB 409 is the only Bill in the Michigan Legislature that is closest to meeting the requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and could provide nearly $2 million dollars of funding for Michigan.


Sending and Receiving a Text Message Using Hands-Free Technology on a Phone

Sending and Receiving a Text Message Using In-Vehicle Hands-Free Technology