Michigan Fails to Qualify for Teen Distracted Driving Grant

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Although Michigan will qualify for grant money as part of federal funding geared toward squelching distracted driving this year, the state will not qualify next year due to the fact that their current laws do not contain specifics targeting teen driving. The current statute that took effect in July 2010 only bans texting, as opposed to banning other forms of interactive phone use or creating stricter laws governing teens. While Michigan has passed laws pertaining to teens that restrict the number of passengers under 21 and create a toughter curfew, these laws do not address the distracted driving requirements for continued federal funding.

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