New legislation would crack down on distracted driving in Michigan

States take action to stop distracted driving
Posted at 7:48 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:50:19-04

(WXYZ) — State Sen. Ruth Johnson and Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard will announce new legislation designed to crack down on distracted driving in Michigan.

The legislation would expand the state's current texting-while-driving ban to all portable electronic devices unless being used by the driver in a "hands-free" manner.

Johnson and Bouchard wail hold a press conference Friday at 1 p.m. about the legislation. The conference will also feature parents of children who lost their lives in distracted driving incidents.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Michigan State Police reports that distracted driving was involved in 20,115 crashes and 72 fatalities in 2017.