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Newly Signed ‘Kelsey’s Law’ Will Ban Teen Drivers From Using Cell Phones [Audio]

Kelsey Raffaele, The inspiration for Kelsey’s Law. (Facebook)

Late Tuesday, one mother’s hard work from the last two years paid off in a big way. Bonnie Raffaele, whose daughter Kelsey was tragically killed in an accident in 2010, got to see “Kelsey’s Law” signed by Governor Rick Snyder. The law, which affects teen drivers in Michigan, prohibits the use of cell phones while driving. I had a chance to talk to Bonnie this afternoon about Kelsey’s Law and what it means to her. Check out the interview after the jump.

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The basics of Kelsey’s Law are simple: any teenage driver with a Level 1 or Level 2 driver’s license will be banned from using hand-held cellphones while driving. Thus far, the law does not extend to adults. Violation of the law will not be a moving violation, but it will be a civil infraction and the violator could face a fine, and their probationary license time could be extended for another six months.

Teens will be able to use their cellphones to report emergencies, and if they drive a car with On-Star or some other type of integrated phone system, they will be allowed to use that as well.

The Michigan Secretary of State will be working with the Governor’s Office to integrate Kelsey’s Law into drivers’ training materials, and the law should go into effect some time at the end of March.

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