Michigan car accidents involving cell phone use have totaled more than 9,000 in the last decade. In fact, experts predict this number is even higher than what analyses have reported due to the fact that it is not always obvious at the scene of an accident if a phone was involved.
Under Michigan law, drivers are prohibited to text while driving. The Michigan anti-texting law (sec. 257.602.b) states that a driver shall not “read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the persons’ hand or in the person’s lap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personal communication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or a street.”
There are exceptions to this law. These exceptions include when Michigan driver:
- Reports a traffic accident, medical emergency or serious road hazard.
- Reports a situation in which the person believes his or her personal safety is in jeopardy.
- Reports or averts the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the individual or another person.
- Carries out official duties as a police officer, law enforcement official, member of a paid or volunteer fire department, or operator of an emergency vehicle.
Bus drivers in Michigan are also prohibited from texting while driving. Novice drivers who were involved in a car accident due to texting or have received a ticket due to cell phone use can be banned from all phone usage.
Fines For Texting While Driving in Michigan
Michigan’s texting law is considered a “primary law.” A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. If a Michigan driver violates the anti-texting law, a fine of $100 for first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses will be charged.
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