Senate committee votes to support cellphone ban for teen drivers
The Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee voted Tuesday to support a bill that would ban cellphone use by novice drivers, according to an MLive report.
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Bonnie Raffaele, the mother of 17-year-old Kelsey, who died while talking on her cellphone, testified during the Senate hearing last week. Kelsey was trying to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. Her best friend, driving behind her, witnessed the crash.
The bill prohibits cellphone use by drivers with a Level 2 graduated license, when 16-year-olds can drive without an adult. Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, added an amendment making cellphone use by teen drivers a primary offense, giving police officers the authority to stop teen drivers for cellphone use without another infraction, MLive reported.