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).  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!

Prohibition on the use of hand-held mobile electronic device would not apply when:

Reporting an 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 law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, paramedic, operator of an authorized emergency vehicle.
Reporting a crime.
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.

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