Emily Salvette, chair of the Michigan LP, writes in the Detroit Free Press in opposition to the new Michigan law banning all texting while driving:
Will this law increase public safety? Probably not. It is intended to deter distracted driving that is reckless. But reckless driving is already illegal. Police can already issue tickets to motorists whose distracted driving poses a clear danger to others.
The ban applies whether or not you are driving recklessly. It applies if you are stopped at a stop light, in a traffic jam or waiting for a train to pass. It outlaws the responsible everyday behavior of millions of motorists with no clear benefit in return….
Will this new law reduce your freedom? Absolutely.