Kelsey's Law takes effect to protect teen drivers

Mar 28, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is launching a public information campaign about a new law that takes effect this week that prohibits teen drivers from using a hand-held cell phone while behind the wheel. 

Kelsey Raffaele

"Kelsey's Law" takes effect Thursday.  The law applies to holders of Level 1 licenses, who must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or another driver at least 21 years old. It also covers Level 2 licenses, which allow driving alone with limits on hours and carrying of young passengers.

The law is named in honor of 17-year-old Kelsey Raffaele from Sault St. Marie. Kelsey was killed in a car accident in the winter of 2010 while using her cell phone.