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New push for hands-free law in Michigan

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

A new push is getting underway to keep drivers hands on the wheel, and off of their phone.

The executive director of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, Jim Santilli, made the announcement this morning in an effort to get Michigan lawmakers to pass a hands-free law.

A hands-free law would make it illegal to use an electronic device while driving, including using a hand-held phone. The TIA also hopes to make using an electronic device a primary reason for an officer to pull you over.

A hands-free law would prohibit any physical manipulation of an electronic device while operating a motor vehicle and forbid a driver from using a hand-held phone,” said Santilli. “The goal is for all drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Santilli says that preliminary numbers show that in 2015, 26 people were killed, and more than 3,000 hurt during crashes involving a distracted driver, including when the driver was using a cell phone.

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