Text message ban passes state house, ready for governor’s signature

Whatever you do, don’t look down while driving:

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Using a cell phone to send text messages or e-mail while driving is one step closer to becoming illegal in Michigan.

The state House on Tuesday passed legislation that calls for enforcing a ban starting July 1. The main bill passed the House by a 74-33 vote.

The legislation already has passed the Senate so it soon should be headed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.

The legislation calls for texting to be a primary offense. That would allow police to pull over and cite motorists just for texting.

Fines would be $100 for a first offense and $200 for each offense after that.

Because it was made a primary offense, I imagine this will help balance the budget of many municipalities.