**MEDIA ADVISORY** Sen. Johnson, Sheriff Bouchard to announce distracted driving legislation

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson and Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard on Friday will announce new legislation designed to crack down on distracted driving in Michigan.

Who:
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly;
Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard;
Laurel Zimmerman, mother of Ally Zimmerman;
Jim Freybler, father of Jacob Freybler; and
Jim Santilli, CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association.

What:
A press conference with Johnson and Bouchard to discuss new Senate legislation that would expand the state’s current texting-while-driving ban to all portable electronic devices unless being used by the driver in a “hand-free” manner.

When:
Friday, April 26
1 p.m.

Where:
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters
Media Room
1200 N. Telegraph Road
Building 38 East
Pontiac, MI 48341

Note:
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Michigan State Police report that distracted driving was involved in 20,115 crashes and 72 fatalities in 2017.

Zimmerman and Freybler both lost their children in distracted driving incidents.

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