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Tue December 8, 2009
Support growing for MI ban on texting while driving
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
Support is growing at the state Capitol for measures to outlaw sending text messages while driving.
A handful of Michigan cities have already outlawed drivers tapping away on their cell phones while they're behind the wheel. The measure approved by the state House would allow police officers to ticket drivers who are caught sending text messages - but only if the drivers are also stopped for some other offense.
State Representative Gene Polidori says lawmakers have spent too long talking about a texting while driving ban.
"It's time. It's time. It's time," he repeated. "I don't think even the cell phone should be used, but I'm willing to take a little step at a time."
A state Senate committee has also approved a texting while driving ban, and the Legislature could send a bill to Governor Granholm before the end of the year.