Younger Teen Drivers Will Be Banned From Cell Phone Use Behind The Wheel Thursday

Posted at 6:54 PM, Mar 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-27 19:58:19-04

Teenagers with a Level 1 or Level 2 license in Michigan will no longer be able to use their cell phones while driving starting Thursday due to the implementation of Kelsey’s law.

The law was named after a 17-year-old from Michigan who was killed in a cell phone-related crash in 2010.

It’s designed to help protect Michigan’s younger drivers and other motorists from distracted driving incidents.

Some teens feel the law is a positive because it helps them focus.

“It keeps your attention on one thing. Cell phones can really distract you and pull your focus off of the road,” said Kate Dann, a student at Main Street Driving School in Grand Rapids.

Kate’s mother, Lori Dann, says it gives parents peace of mind.

“If it`s a gentle reminder for Kate that, you know what? Between point A and B, she can`t be on a phone, everything`s going to have to wait until she gets to her destination and just focus on driving,” said Lori.

Driving School Instructor Kevin Raymond says he thinks the restrictions will continue to creep in on Michigan drivers and adults may be the next group to experience more restrictions in the future.

“To some degree I think we are looking at some kind of device that is not being held at your ear piece while you`re driving,” said Raymond.