Michigan Senate panel considers new cell phone bill

| Thursday, July 17, 2003

A Michigan Senate panel is reviewing legislation that would increase penalties for drivers who violate traffic laws while chatting on a cell phone, according to local media.

SB555, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Patterson, R-Canton, would add a point to a driver’s license for anyone who breaks traffic laws while using a cell phone.

Under the proposal before the Senate Committee on Technology and Energy, police would have to say that use of the phone contributed to the infraction for the tougher penalty to apply.

Currently, New York has the only statewide law restricting cell phone use in vehicles. Forty-two states are considering cell-phone regulation bills.

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