Analysis: Cellphone crashes total more than 9,000 in past decade in Michigan
More than 9,000 traffic crashes in Michigan involved cellphone use in the past decade, an analysis by MLive.com shows, and experts believe the number is even higher.
Such crashes are at the center of a nationwide ban being sought by a federal safety agency on all phone usage by motorists, except in emergencies, the report said.
The MLive.com analysis of Michigan State Police traffic crash data found that at least 800 crashes per year involved cellphone use since 2001. The data does not distinguish between phone conversations and text messaging, the story said.