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).
WHAT does Proposed SB288 mean for you?
SB288 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 SB288. 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.
|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.
SB288 meets the requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and could provide nearly $2 million dollars of funding for Michigan.