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Date:7/13/2009

opted a universal law banning text messaging and cell phone use while driving, however, 13 states already prohibit texting while driving with many states conforming to this idea quickly. Currently, six states prohibit the use of hand held phones while driving. Michigan is not one of them.

Michigan Senator Samuel Thomas from Detroit introduced a bill in the Michigan Senate in March that would ban the use of cell phones for "engaging in nonverbal communication with another person, playing a game, or entering data." Violators would be charged with a civil infraction and would be fined $100.

"The major problem is that too many people believe they can multitask and do everything at one time," Doctor Smith said. "In the end, it's not going to make much of a difference whether someone answers a text right away or within the next 20 minutes. Stay safe and stay text-free while driving. Lives depend on it."

The Michigan State Medical Society is the professional association of more than 15,000 physicians in Michigan. The mission of MSMS is to promote a health care environment that supports physician in caring for and enhancing the health of Michigan citizens through science, quality and ethics in the practice of medicine. Visit the MSMS website at www.msms.org for other health-related information.


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