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Thu January 14, 2010
Vote delayed on Michigan texting while driving ban
LANSING, MI –
The effort to ban the practice of texting while driving in Michigan might be hitting at least a temporary roadblock.
The Republican-led state Senate on Thursday postponed a scheduled vote on legislation that would have prohibited the use of cell phones to read or write texts or e-mails while driving.
Republicans who run the chamber are still debating the legislation.
A key question is whether texting while driving would be considered a primary or secondary offense.
The Democrat-run House already has passed legislation that would make texting a secondary offense. That means police would need some other reason to pull motorists over before they could be cited for texting.
More than half the states have banned at least some drivers from texting while driving.