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CELL PHONES-DRIVING
(2008-05-19)
(wgvu) - THE MICHIGAN HOUSE IS CONSIDERING
LEGISLATION TO BAN THE USE OF HAND-HELD CELL PHONES FOR DRIVERS.
TEXT-MESSAGING WHILE DRIVING ALSO WOULD BE BANNED UNDER THE
PROPOSAL.
A HALF-DOZEN STATES INCLUDING NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT HAVE
BANNED TALKING ON HAND-HELD PHONES WHILE DRIVING. ANOTHER SIX,
INCLUDING MICHIGAN, ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADOPT THEIR OWN
POLICIES BUT HAVE NO STATEWIDE BAN.
AND SOME STATES RESTRICT CELL PHONE USE FOR NEW OR YOUNG
DRIVERS.
CONVINCING MICHIGAN LAWMAKERS THAT A NEW LAW IS NEEDED WON'T BE
EASY. SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN MICHIGAN HAS FIZZLED IN THE PAST FEW
YEARS BECAUSE OF CONCERNS THE LAW MIGHT CURTAIL PRIVACY RIGHTS OR
PERSONAL FREEDOM, BE TOO HARD TO ENFORCE OR INEFFECTIVE.
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