Banning Hand-Held Phones Behind The Wheel

Hang up the phone and drive — that’s the message in proposed legislation in Lansing which would ban drivers from using hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel. Jim Santilli of the Transportation Improvement Association says the current law banning texting and driving doesn’t go far enough to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.

“The driver can many times say they were dialing a phone number or using their GPS,” says Santilli. “The officer could write a citation for texting, but that’s often thrown out in court. So really, what we need to do, or we’re looking to do with House Bill 4466, is bring the law up with where technology is today.”

The bill calls for violators to face a $250 fine.