Note: Below appears information about a law recently enacted by the State of Michigan pertaining to the use of mobile devices while driving. This page contains a quick reference guide to the contents of the law. You can find the actual law on the State of Michigan website at: This law can be amended by State officials at any time and those changes may not be known to us. As a driver of a vehicle on Michigan's roadways it is your responsibility to know and follow US, Michigan and local laws at all times.



Section 1
  • Individual shall not hold or use a mobile electronic device (MED) while operating a motor vehicle (this section does not apply to commercial motor vehicle and school bus operators).
  • Using a MED means all of the following:
  • Sending or receiving a call.
  • Sending, receiving, or reading a text.
  • Viewing, recording, or transmitting a video.
  • Accessing, reading, or posting to social media.
Section 2
  • Commercial motor vehicle and school bus operators shall not hold or use a MED.
  • Prohibitions include all the above with the addition of the following:
  • Reaching for a MED that causes the driver to no longer be seated in a driving position and restrained by a seat belt.
Section 3
  • Lists exceptions to Sections 1 and 2
  • Law enforcement, firefighter, paramedic, and public utility employee when responding to a public utility emergency.
  • For emergency purposes including calling or texting 911 for the following reasons:
  • To report a fire, traffic crash, serious road hazard, or medical emergency.
  • To report a reckless or possible intoxicated driver.
  • To report a crime being committed.
  • The use of GPS or navigation feature of a MED if information is not entered by hand.
  • The use of MED in a voice-operated or hands-free mode with the following exceptions:
  • Using a single button press, tap, or swipe to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the MED or to select a telephone number or name.
  • Using a MED that is integrated into a motor vehicle and utilizes the user interfaces that are permanently installed into the motor vehicle.
  • The use of a MED for the sole purpose of continuously recording or broadcasting video inside or outside of a motor vehicle.
  • The use of a MED that is placed in a mount and used in a manner described above.
Section 4 - 1st and 2nd Offenses of section 1: civil infractions with $100/$250 fines.

Section 5 - 1st and 2nd Offenses for section 2: civil infractions with $200/$500 fines.

Section 6 - Fines are doubled if individual is involved in a crash and at fault while violating either section.

Section 7 - This section supersedes all local ordinances regulating the use of MEDs while operating a vehicle, except that a unit of government may adopt an ordinance substantialy corresponding to this section.

Section 8 -If three or more violations of (1) within three-year period, individual must complete basic driver improvement course.

Section 9
  • Police officer enforcing this section may use this section as the primary or sole reason for issuing a citation to the driver.
  • Police shall not search motor vehicle or driver or passenger solely because of a violation of this section.

  • You can download a copy of this law from the State of Michigan website by clicking here.
Quick Fact:

Pedestrian Safety: Only cross in front of a school bus when the driver says it is safe. Do not cross behind the bus or where the driver canít see you.
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