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Posted on: July 12, 2023

Media Release: New Distracted Driving "Hands Free" Law

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Did you know, it is now illegal to manually use a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while operating a vehicle on Michigan roads? Operation includes being stopped at a light or in traffic but does not include being legally parked. Under the law, a driver cannot hold or support a phone or other device with any part of their hands, arms, or shoulders. 

Even if a cell phone or other device is mounted on your dashboard or connected to your vehicle’s built-in system, you cannot use your hands to operate it beyond a single touch. 

As a result, you cannot manually do any of the following on a cell phone or other electronic device while driving:

  • Make or answer a telephone or video call
  • Send or read a text or email message
  • Watch, record, or send a video
  • Access, read, or post to social media
  • Browse the internet
  • Enter information into GPS or a navigation system

 The law makes holding or manually using a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while operating a vehicle a primary offense—which means an officer can stop and ticket drivers for this violation.


  • 1st violation: $100 fine and/or 16hrs of community service.
  • 2nd violation: $250 find and/or 24hrs of community service.
  • 3 violations within a 3-yr period: Complete a driving improvement course.
  • Fines double if a traffic crash occurs and the at-fault driver was holding or manually using a mobile device while operating the vehicle. 

 Learn More: 

Media inquiries can be directed to Director Derrick Jackson – [email protected] or 734-891-2243.

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