Hand-held cell phones for drivers prohibited under House bill
LANSING — Drivers would be prohibited from using their hand-held electronic devices for any purpose while they’re driving under a bill that a House committee is considering.
It’s illegal now to text while driving, but the new bill would add penalties for using a hand-held smart phone to make calls, check-e-mail, use twitter or facebook or browse the Internet. People would still be able to use hands-free means, such as a bluetooth, to make calls.
Testimony before the House Transportation Committee became a personal confessional for proponents of the bill. State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, sponsored the legislation. His Chrysler 300 was totaled last year by a driver who was playing Pokemon go and rear-ended him on Big Beaver in Troy.
“Not hitting you at 42 miles per hour is less important than finding the Pokeman, I guess,” Howrylak said.