Michigan bans cell phone use for young drivers

Teen drivers will have to put their cell phones away when they’re driving.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Kelsey’s Law Tuesday, which bans cell phone use for anyone while driving on a Level 1 or 2 graduated license in Michigan.
The new law is named for Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, who died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010.
Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, the governor’s office notes.

“This law means a lot to me, both as governor and as a parent of a young person who is learning to drive,” Snyder said in a statement. “I appreciate the efforts of Kelsey’s mother, Bonnie, and family who have worked tirelessly to get the message out about the dangers of distracted driving.”
Snyder signed the law with members of Raffaele’s family attending.
“We should be doing everything we can to make sure beginning drivers are focused on learning how to drive,” Snyder said. “I believe this law will help them gain that experience while reinforcing their responsibilities behind the wheel.”
The new law means police can pull teen drivers over and ticket them if they’re seen using a cell phone while driving.
Teen drivers won’t be punished for using a hands-free system integrated into the vehicle, or using cell phones to report emergencies.
The new law takes effect in late March. The legislation Snyder signed was Senate Bill 756.