LANSING, MI (AP)-- Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road,
lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone.
Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition against texting and driving is outdated, vague and difficult to enforce. To save lives, they contend, a blanket ban on hand-held devices should be considered — with exceptions for hands-free technology.
Nearly 12,800 crashes in Michigan last year involved distracted driving, a 70 percent spike from 2015.