Driving-texting ban gains momentum

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Bob Helm doesn’t want his son’s legacy to be defined by his death in a crash that may have happened because the west Michigan teen was sending text messages to his girlfriend from behind the wheel.

Lawmakers already were working to outlaw texting and driving before that Jan. 12 morning. Legislation that could pass the House and Senate this week would make sending texts while driving a secondary offense, for which a driver could be fined up to $200 if stopped for another violation.

It’s not the stricter primary enforcement that safety advocates say is a strong deterrent, nor will it remove the deadly form of distraction from Michigan's roadways, though supporters say it will help.

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