Many other states have banned texting and using handheld cell phones to make or receive calls while the person using the device is driving a motor vehicle. Although Michigan has not passed a statewide law banning handheld cell phone use, many advocates say that it’s time our state joined those who have banned this distracting, accident-causing practice.
States aren’t the only ones getting on the handheld-cell-phone-banning bandwagon. In December 2011, the director of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also called for a ban on handheld cell phone use while driving, citing the thousands of lives that are lost every year and the additional thousands who are injured by drivers distracted by handheld cell phones.
A study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that, while 88 percent of drivers agree that cell phone use of any kind while driving is dangerous, over 66 percent admitted to using their cell phones while driving within the past 30 days. Supporters of a handheld cell phone ban in Michigan say that these numbers show awareness and voluntary avoidance isn’t enough. Supporters claim the law should provide penalties for those who use handheld cell phones while driving.
Distracted driving can be caused by cell phone use or by many other things, including eating, looking at a map, or talking to others in the vehicle. Regardless of the cause, however, distracted driving is a tragedy when a serious car accident results. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield distracted driving lawyers at Lipton Law. For a free consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.