State law making it illegal for teens to use cell phone behind the wheel goes into effect Thursday

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - A new state law takes effect on Thursday 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.

Governor Snyder signed the bill into law in January.  Level 1 and Level 2 license holders are generally between 14-years, 9-months-old and 17-years-old.

The roll out of the law will be accompanied by a public information campaign called Put Your Phone in Park. It will include billboards, posters and brochures.

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 worked with lawmakers to get the law passed.

To read more on Michigan's Graduated Licensing program, go here: 

AAA has a special website that can help teen drivers improve their safety skills. You can find out more about it here:

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