The state of Michigan has a hands-free distracted driving law that went into effect on June 30, 2023. The law prohibits drivers from holding or using a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. This includes texting, talking on the phone, watching videos, and using social media.
There are a few exceptions to the law. Drivers are allowed to use a mobile electronic device if it is mounted in a hands-free manner, or if they are using it for navigation or for calling 911.
Drivers who violate the distracted driving law can be fined $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, and $375 for a third or subsequent offense. Drivers who are caught texting while driving can also be given a point on their driver's license.
The distracted driving law is designed to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents in Michigan. Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents, and it is estimated that distracted driving causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries in Michigan each year.
The hands-free distracted driving law is a step in the right direction to reducing distracted driving in Michigan. However, it is important to remember that distracted driving can also include other activities, such as eating, drinking, grooming, and talking to passengers. Drivers should be aware of all distractions and take steps to avoid them while driving.
Here are some tips for avoiding distracted driving:
Put your phone away. If you need to use your phone, pull over to a safe location before doing so.
Don't eat or drink while driving.
Don't groom yourself while driving.
Don't talk to passengers unless it is absolutely necessary.
Pay attention to the road and your surroundings.
If you see a distracted driver, be patient and give them space. Don't honk your horn or tailgate them. Instead, try to get their attention by flashing your lights or waving.