Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, and State Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) Friday announced distracted driving legislation they've designed with the goal of reducing fatalities, injuries, and traffic crashes in Michigan. "When operating a motor vehicle, we all have a personal responsibility to protect our life and the lives of the innocent people traveling around us at all times," said Santilli. "No text message, social media update, internet search, or any other distraction is worth putting a life in jeopardy.”
If this legislation is signed into law, a driver may use a portable electronic device in hands-free mode as long as the driver can activate or deactivate a function on the portable electronic device with a single swipe or tap of their finger. The portable electronic device must also be safely mounted on the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver's view of the road.