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

Lawmakers representing Berkley and Huntington Woods supported the legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed Tuesday.

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

According to MichiganVotes.org, Senate Bill 756 applies to any driver with a temporary driver's permit or a level 1 or 2 graduated license – meaning any driver younger than 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.

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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.

Gov. Rick 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. Lawmakers representing Berkley and Huntington Woods voted as follows.

  • Rep. Ellen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, representing the 27th District including Berkley and Huntington Woods: Voted yes
  • Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, representing the 13th District including Berkley: Voted yes
  • Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, representing the 14th District including Huntington Woods: 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.

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