AAA Michigan Applauds State Legislators for Passing Text Message Ban While Driving as Primary Enforcement

Apr 20, 2010, 16:52 ET from AAA Michigan

DEARBORN, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- AAA Michigan today (April 20) saluted members of the Michigan House for their vote that bans all motorists from sending and reading text messages while driving in Michigan.  Today's 74-33 vote was approved as a primary enforcement bill, meaning a police officer can pull a driver over if he or she is suspected of text messaging, without needing another reason.

"We are very encouraged that the House has passed the text ban bill and Governor Jennifer Granholm has indicated that she will sign the measure," said AAA Michigan President Steve Wagner.  "With primary enforcement, we know Michigan roads will be safer."

AAA Michigan worked with legislators on the text-message ban and joins AAA clubs nationwide in a campaign to pass laws in all 50 states to ban drivers from text messaging.

Text messaging is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do behind the wheel of a moving vehicle,  Yet, many surveys show that an alarming number of drivers do it.  

AAA Michigan has been involved in driving safety since its founding nearly a century ago, with activities including the AAA School safety patrol and road safety improvement programs.   AAA Michigan offers travel, insurance and financial services to more than 1.6 million members in Michigan.  It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the largest affiliation  of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with approximately 4.1 million members in eight states.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation, a not-for-profit organization with more than 51 million members in the United States and Canada.