Cope of the Michigan state are now all set to be putting into action the state's ban on text messaging while driving from 1st July onwards since it is becoming a big threat to live on the streets. This action has already been undertaken by 14 other states in the United States of America, as well as in various countries over the world. In Canada for instance, the whole phenomenon of sending text messages from your unlocked cellphone while behind the wheel is being eliminated in gradual stages by the implementation of stringent fines and reprimands.
However as straightforward the law may seem, it will be really difficult to implement properly. The moot point is that how is one supposed to understand whether you're text messaging or just looking at the number of missed calls you got in the last half an hour? Michigan Police Executive Director Tom Hendrickson said that it would be difficult for law enforcers to understand whether a person is text messaging while driving and he does have a valid point.
Matt Bolger, 1st Lt. of the State Police, who trains cops on new laws, says that people who are using their cell-phone for calling have nothing to fret about. There would be a fine of around $ 100 for the first time and then a fine of $200 the next time you are caught.
By enforcing this law Michigan moved into the bandwagon, which already includes other US states such as California, New Jersey and also Washington D.C.
One good thing about the law is its transparency. Chances are that wherever you might be caught, you would have to pay a fine. So Michigan has decided to go ahead and ban text messaging while driving from unlocked phone. Indeed, one can make a call instead (as there's no ban on talking on a Bluetooth device)!