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New Michigan Law Prohibits Teens From Using a Cell Phone While Driving

Legislators representing Novi and Northville voted in favor of the bill.

A new Michigan law prohibits teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving a car.

According to MichiganVotes.org, Senate Bill 756 applies to any driver with a temporary drivers permit or a level 1 or 2 graduated license—meaning any driver under the age of 17. The law, building on current texting and driving laws, makes it a civil infraction for a teen to use a hands-on cell phone.

Dubbed "Kelsey's Law, the legislation is named for a 17-year-old Sault Ste. Marie girl who died in a car crash in 2010 while she was using her cell phone.

Snyder signed the bill into law Tuesday, according to the Detroit News.

The law passed 74-33 in the House of Representatives and 28-10 in the Senate. Here's how your local legislators voted: 

  • Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, representing the 15th District including Northville and Novi: Voted yes
  • Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, representing the 7th District including Northville: Voted yes
  • Rep. Hugh Crawford, R-Novi, representing the 38th District including Novi and Northville: Voted yes
  • Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, representing the 20th district including Northville: Voted yes

Because violation of the law is a civil infraction, it is up to local municipalities to determine the fine.

The legislation adds to state driving laws that prohibit texting while driving.

In Michigan last year, drivers were reported to be distracted in 3,986 crashes, and using cell phones in 821 crashes.

chris. roznowski January 10, 2013 at 04:16 AM
This law should be in force for everyone while driving. Not just teens. How about all the others that I see on road talking on the phone or texing?
jan gromeck January 11, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I totally agree with chris they should have made this law for every driver not teens. I see more adults texting than teens.

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