There are three bills pending in the Michigan Legislatures, HB 4181, 4198 and 4199, that have been collectively referred to the House Transportation Committee, which aim to not only curb (pun intended) texting and driving, but would prohibit posting on social media while driving.
The penalties would also increase from $100 to $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for a second offense.
It appears the bills are taking technology into consideration, with most newer cars having the ability to talk, text or even post to social media, hands free.
According to the latest available Michigan State Police data, there were 5,237 car accidents, including 23 that were fatal, and another 1,514 resulting in injuries, that were caused by drivers who were using some sort of electronic device while driving.
With technological advancement on the rise, coupled with an easier ability to track statistics, the proposed bills should come as no surprise.
It should also come as no surprise that Michigan, home of The Motor City, is taking the lead when it comes to laws involving safety, technology, and the use of motor vehicles. We will keep an eye on these bills as they track through the legislative process.
Please don’t like or share this blog post while driving!
A partner in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Abe Barlaskar concentrates his litigation practice on defending insurers and personal line carriers, rental car companies, trucking companies, corporations and municipalities ...
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