TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (www.incnow.tv) -- A new law went into effect Thursday in Michigan that prohibits hand held cell phone use by teenagers with a level 1 or 2 graduated license.
A level 1 graduated license requires that the driver is accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old and a level 2 allows teens to drive alone but restricts nighttime driving hours and limits number of passengers. A teen must be 17 and have at least six months of driving experience before reaching a level 3, or unrestricted, driver's license.
The law is named in memory of a Sault Ste. Marie teenager, Kelsey Raffaele, who died in a car crash while talking on the phone in 2010. Raffaele was 17-years-old.
There are exceptions to the law, which carries a $100 fine for violators, such as reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, serious road hazard, situations in which a driver's personal safety is in jeopardy or a crime.
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