Teen's death prompts mom to seek ban on cellphone use for novice drivers
Bonnie Raffaele’s 17-year-old-daughter, Kelsey, died while talking on her cellphone and trying to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. Her best friend, driving behind her, witnessed the crash.
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The bill prohibits cellphone use by drivers with a Level 2 graduated license, when 16-year-olds can drive without an adult. A violation would be a civil infraction, but a fine has not yet been set.
An earlier attempt to pass a similar bill failed. The odds may be against her, but Raffaele is determined to keep trying.
“Believe me, if it doesn’t make it through, I will be at it again,” she said. “I’m a momma on a mission
Raffaele’s story and Kelsey’s are part of the MLive Media Group’s series on distracted driving. The statistics are heart wrenching. Distracted driving kills. In 2010, there were an estimated 3,092 deaths in crashes involving a wide range of driver distractions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in January.
In Washtenaw County alone, 701 people were involved in distracted driving crashes from 2008 to 2010, and 115 people were involved in cellphone-related crashes. Two people died.
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