LANSING — State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) introduced House Resolution 79 this week to declare April 25, 2019 as Distracted Driving Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the House.

“Distracted driving is a serious threat to Michigan drivers,” said Rep. Manoogian. “This is especially true for a staggering number of inexperienced drivers who regularly admit to using their phones while driving. By dedicating this day to bring awareness to this important issue, we can raise public consciousness of the dangers of distracted driving in Michigan.”

Nearly 50 percent of young people admit to texting while driving and 25 percent acknowledge using their phones behind the wheel every day. The resolution follows Rep. Manoogian’s introduction of House Bill 4181 in February, which aims to update Michigan’s distracted driving laws to ban texting, use of social media, streaming of video and other distracting behaviors while driving.