Gov. Whitmer and Safety Advocates Push for Anti-Distracted Driving Bill

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates are looking to put a stop to distracted driving.

Their goal is to stop drivers from using their cell phones while they are behind the wheel.

The ban is already in effect for teens on a learner’s permit.

Currently, 21 states ban all drivers of all ages from using cell phones while a vehicle is in motion.

Governor Whitmer first called for a universal hands-free law in Michigan 11 months ago during her State of the State address.

Last month, the Republican-controlled Michigan House passed a measure to expand the ban to 17-year olds.

The only exception would be for emergencies.

Advocates say it is a step in the right direction but that it does not go far enough.

In 2018, there were 19,000 crashes in Michigan caused by distracted driving.

77 of those crashes resulted in deaths.