Text Driving Ban Signed by Michigan Governor during Oprah Broadcast
A bill prohibiting typing, sending or reading text while driving was signed into law by Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm during a broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
“Today is a call to action to stop the madness of distracted driving,” Winfrey declared at the beginning of the show.
The law will allow police officers to pull anyone from the road that are seen to be texting. No points will be added to driving records but it carries 100 USD for the first offense and 200 USD for the second offense.
The bill does not cover using the phone for calls while driving. As Granholm said, “While talking on the phone is a distraction, clearly, texting while driving on top of that, where you don’t have your eyes on the road or your hands on the wheel or your mind on what you’re doing, it is clearly a danger.”
The law takes effect statewide July 1. It made Michigan the 24th state to ban texting while driving and the 19th to make it a primary offense.