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

Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) supported the ligislation, while Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake) voted against the legislation.

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 Jan. 8, according to the Detroit News.

The law passed 74-33 in the House of Representatives and 28-10 in the Senate. White Lake and Highland Rep. Eileen Kowall did not support the legislation, while White Lake and Highland Sen. Mike Kowall voted for it.

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.

Holly Scott January 19, 2013 at 08:13 AM
So husband and wife cancel each others vote out. hmmm hot topic at their home that night...maybe. lol

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