LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate has passed a new version of a bill that would make it illegal to send text messages from cell phones while driving in Michigan.
The main bill in the package passed the Republican-led chamber by a 28-10 vote Thursday. It now advances to the Democrat-led House.
The new Senate version would make texting while driving a primary offense starting July 1, meaning police could pull over and cite motorists for texting alone.
Previous versions of the bill had made texting a secondary offense. That meant police first would need some other reason to stop a vehicle.
Fines would be $100 for a first offense and $200 for each offense after that. More than half the states have passed some sort of ban on texting while driving.