Snyder signs bill that makes it illegal for teens to use a cell phone while driving

(WXYZ) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill that makes it illegal for anyone with a level 1 or level 2 probationary driver's license to use a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Known as Kelsey's Law, the measure makes it a civil infraction and imposes a $100 fine on anyone with a level 1 or level 2 license who is caught using a cell phone while driving.

"This law means a lot to me, both as governor and as a parent of a young person who is learning to drive," Snyder said. "I appreciate the efforts of Kelsey's mother, Bonnie, and family who have worked tirelessly to get the message out about the dangers of distracted driving. We should be doing everything we can to make sure beginning drivers are focused on learning how to drive. I believe this law will help them gain that experience while reinforcing their responsibilities behind the wheel."

Kelsey's Law is named after Sault Ste. Marie teen Kelsey Raffaele, who was killed on January 24, 2010 when she crashed her car while talking on her phone.

Kelsey's mother Bonnie has worked with lawmakers to get the law passed.

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