AAA Michigan salutes Gov. Snyder for new teen driver cell phone law
AAA Michigan saluted Governor Rick Snyder for signing a new law today (Jan. 8, 2013) which prohibits novice teen drivers from talking on cell phones while driving.
Under Senate Bill 756, which was passed last year by the Michigan Senate and House, teenage drivers with a Level 1 or 2 license will have to comply with cell phone restrictions. The only exemptions will be allowing new teen drivers to report a crash, emergency or crime. Numerous studies have shown that new teen drivers are far more likely to be involved in cell phone-related crashes than older, more experienced drivers.
The new law allows police to issue a civil infraction to teens who are in violation of the new law. AAA Michigan strongly encouraged the passage of the law, referred to as “Kelsey’s Law,” named for Kelsey Raffaele, a 17-year-old Michigan resident who was killed while talking on her cell phone and driving.
To help new teen drivers – and their parents – AAA offers a web site, TeenDriving.AAA.com. This comprehensive resource provides extensive state-specific information and useful tools to help teens improve their driving skills. New drivers will find interactive exercises, quizzes and games as well of videos of experts and teens talking about safety. The site includes a downloadable parent-teen driving agreement.
AAA Michigan is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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