2021-22 Legislative Session Bills
On February 18, 2021 State Representatives Mari Manoogian, Mike Mueller, and Joe Bellino introduce bills to ban distracted driving. You can read more about the introduction of the bills here.
HB 4277 of 2021 (Rep. Mari Manoogian) Traffic control: violations; penalties for operating a vehicle while sending or receiving a message on an electronic wireless device; enhance.
HB 4278 of 2021 (Rep. Mike Mueller) Traffic control: driver license; penalties for operating a vehicle while sending or receiving a message on an electronic wireless device; enhance.
HB 4279 of 2021 (Rep. Joe Bellino) Traffic control: violations; forwarding abstract of record or report to secretary of state for penalties for operating a vehicle while sending or receiving a message on an electronic wireless device; enhance. Amends secs. 602c & 732 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.602c & 257.7)
Sen. Johnson speaks with Fox 2 Detroit about Distracted Driving
May 6, 2019
Senator Ruth Johnson speaks with Fox 2 Detroit about her Distracted Driving legislation.
Statistics show that it takes a change in the law to change behavior.
That is why The Kiefer Foundation created #HandsFreeMichigan, a non-profit, grassroots movement to take another step forward in the fight to end distracted driving and all associated traffic deaths and injuries in the state of Michigan and throughout the United States.
Join us in our initiative by taking the pledge at handsfreemichigan.org.
The Kiefer Foundation Is Seeking a Hands Free Law in Michigan
March 28, 2019
Mitchel Kiefer should have turned 21 on March 27, 2019, but the Michigan State freshman never made it to his 19th birthday.
Mitchel was rear-ended by a distracted driver on Sept. 19, 2016, forcing him into oncoming traffic on I-96. His vehicle was hit by a truck and Mitchel was killed instantly.
So, instead of celebrating Mitchel’s 21st birthday with him, Mitchel’s family facilitated a press conference with the Detroit Police Department to introduce a new legislation to end distracted driving in the State of Michigan.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Calls for Hands Free Legislation
Feb. 12, 2019
The Kiefer family attended the State of the State Address as guests of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Governor Whitmer recognized Mitchel Kiefer and his family and expressed a desire to end distracted driving in the State of Michigan.