Rep Howrylak bill will reduce distracted driving deaths and enhance traffic safety


first_img Categories: Howrylak News State Rep. Martin Howrylak (third from right) gave testimony to prohibit drivers from holding or using a portable electronic device while driving. (Pictured from left to right) Laurel Zimmerman, Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, Rep. Martin Howrylak, Auburn Hills Police Chief Doreen Olko and Auburn Hills Officer Richard Leonard.State Representative Martin Howrylak today gave testimony in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill that would reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate a mobile device in hands-free mode while driving. This will preserve the driver’s ability to use a cell phone, while also protecting the lives of other commuters and pedestrians.The current statute is outdated, only referring to text messaging, and needs to be updated to be in tune with current technology.“The number of distracted drivers continues to rise and we must take action to make our roadways safer,” said Rep. Howrylak of Troy. “House Bill 4466 seeks to ensure Michigan drivers have their attention focused on the road at all times, instead of a mobile device.”“I’m confident this bill will have positive impact on roadways. This bill has reasonable penalties and will protect the lives of commuters and drivers. One life lost is too many and this is the type of change we need to have on the roads.”Drivers are more than four times likely to get into a crash while using a hand-held device. Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association and  Laurel Zimmerman also testified in support of the bill. Laurel Zimmerman’s daughter, Allison “Ally” Zimmerman was tragically killed in 2011 by a distracted driver while riding in a car in Romeo, Michigan.In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.House Bill 4466 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.### 16May Rep. Howrylak bill will reduce distracted driving deaths and enhance traffic safetylast_img