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Robertson supports new law to allow electronic proof of auto insurance

If you've ever forgotten to put your paper certificate of auto insurance in your car or couldn't find it in the glove compartment, a new law will help you rest easier.

Public Act 135 of 2015 allows motorists to show law enforcement an electronic copy of their proof of insurance on their cell phone or other mobile device. The new law will help properly insured drivers avoid no proof of insurance fines if they didn't put the certificate in their vehicle or it didn't arrive in the mail yet.

Michigan now joins 37 other states that permit motorists to use technology and verify their insurance electronically during a traffic stop.

Senate bill increases fines for selling tobacco to kids

The numbers are stark: nearly 9 out of 10 adults who smoke daily started smoking by the age of 18.

I recently supported legislation that would increase the penalties for selling or providing tobacco to minors and for minors who attempt to buy tobacco products. The current fines have not been raised in more than 20 years.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, more than 1,200 people in the United States die each day due to smoking. More stringent penalties will help discourage the illegal sale of tobacco to minors and deter young people from using this product. Senate Bill 340 has been sent to the House for consideration.

Robertson backs "Good Samaritan" bill

Someone who steps in to help a victim during an emergency situation shouldn't be worried about potential liability.

I recently supported a bill that extends the protections of immunity to licensed EMS providers or first responders identical to those given to other off-duty licensed health professionals responding to medical emergencies. Senate Bill 427 has been referred to the House Committee on Criminal Justice.

Don't veer for deer!

October and November are two of the most dangerous months for deer-vehicle crashes. According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, many accidents and fatalities occur when drivers swerve to avoid the deer.

The safety group offers the following tips:
  • Always wear your safety belt;
  • Stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk;
  • If you see one deer, slow down as deer often travel in groups; and
  • If a crash is unavoidable, don't swerve, brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, stay in your lane and bring your car to a controlled stop.
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