Michigan bill HB4181 would ban drivers under 18 from using cell phone behind wheel

A bill to make it illegal for drivers under 18 to use a mobile device while driving passed the Michigan House in December and now rests with the state Senate as calls increase for tighter laws against distracted driving.

State Rep. Mari Manoogian, D-Birmingham, who sponsored the bill, said 21 states are ahead of Michigan in regard to distracted driving regulations. Manoogian said she is optimistic the bill will pass the Senate.

House Bill 4181 passed the House on Dec. 11 by an “overwhelming majority” and bipartisan support, Manoogian said Thursday at a news conference hosted by StopDistractions.org, a national organization building awareness of distracted driving.

“We know that this is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue, but a public safety issue,” Manoogian said.