Michigan: City of Battle Creek could outlaw using a phone while driving (with a few exceptions)

Come February, Battle Creek drivers could be cited by police if they are seen driving and using a cellphone.

Commissioners on Tuesday approved the introduction of an ordinance modifying the city’s Uniform Traffic Code to make it a civil infraction if a driver is seen using a phone, whether it be to text, surf the internet or talk without a hands-free device.

The ordinance would have certain exceptions for using a phone while driving including reporting crimes, road hazards and emergencies.

“It is not going to be a silver bullet to address all the distracted driving we have here,” Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker said. “It’s just one more tool we will have accessible to us.”