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Mon September 10, 2012
Group says driving-while-texting laws don't help, calls for complete ban
All states should ban drivers from using hand-held cell phones, according to a new recommendation by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Only 10 states ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
Michigan is not one of them.
But it does have laws against sending a text while driving.
Jonathan Adkins, with the Governors Highway Safety Association, says the texting laws aren't doing as much good as they should.
"States are having some difficulty enforcing texting bans, if you have a texting only ban, it's very easy for a driver to say, oh, I was dialing my phone, I'm allowed to do that, I'm allowed to be on my phone, I'm just not allowed to text on it," says Adkins.
Adkins says banning the use of handheld cell phones altogether would solve that problem. The safety group is also calling for tougher laws against driving while on drugs.