GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — According to MSP, there were 20,115 crashes involving distracted driving in Michigan during 2017, resulting in 72 fatalities.  Drivers should know that Michigan law prohibits a driver from reading, manually typing or sending a text message while driving.  New bills introduced in the House of Representatives would ban reading emails and checking social media as well as require hands-free phone use.  According to Michigan Auto Law Attorney, Brandon Hewitt, the most affected and effective drivers to help get this message out are teenagers.  

In partnership with Bonnie Raffaele, the mother Kelsey Rafael who was killed at age 17 in a distracted driving crash and inspired Michigan’s Distracted Driving law known as Kelsey’s Law, Michigan Auto Law has been providing scholarships to Michigan students entering college who put together persuasive and compelling media to prevent distracted driving.  They ask students graduating from a Michigan high school to submit a video, graphic, or tweet urging people to put down their phones.  More information can be found at   For more information on Michigan Auto Law, visit

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