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Gov. Signs Statewide Ban On Cell Use By New Drivers

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 08, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder signed Kelsey’s Law Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 to help Michigan’s inexperienced drivers.

The law bans cellphone use for anyone driving on a level 1 or level 2 graduated driver license in Michigan.

The new law is named after Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, who died in a cellphone-related crash in 2010.

“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. “I believe this law will help them gain that experience while reinforcing their responsibilities behind the wheel.”

The new law allows law enforcement to pull violators over for using their cellphones. If anyone gets caught talking while driving they will receive a civil infraction.

No points will be assigned to the driver’s record, and drivers will not be punished for using a hands-free phone system or for using cellphones to report an emergency.