POLL: Should Michigan Ban Cell Use by Novice Teen Drivers?

Senate-passed bill would affect new motorists with graduated licenses.

Cellphones and the youngest drivers don't go together safely, a majority of Michigan senators believe.

Under a proposal that passed the Senate by a 28-10 vote Thursday, teens with Level 1 or 2 graduated licenses could be ticketed and fined for driving while chatting on a phone – even in hands-free mode.

The bill now goes to the state House. Backers want to reduce risky distractions among newcomers behind the wheel. Some senators voted against the measure because they favor a broader crackdown, the Associated Press reports.

The legislation is called "Kelsey's Law" in memory of a Sault Ste. Marie 17-year-old who had a fatal crash while talking on her phone in 2010.

Teens with Level 3 licenses, typically issued to 17-year-olds, would be allowed to dial and drive. Level 2 drivers have curfew and passenger restrictions, while the first level lets teens drive only when an adult rides along.

One in five drivers using phones during Michigan crashes since 2002 were teens, MLive Media Group reports. State drivers aged 16 or 17 crashed 841 times during the past decade.

Thirty states restrict some or all drivers from cell use.

Lianne Mathie February 21, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Oh Lee, I suppose he was where Bush was during the Pat Tillman debacle.;) To the second point, probably not in our lifetime in Michigan, we like to drive our cars.We have a wildly independent streak here.
laplateau February 21, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Lianne...you equation of Bush and the Tillman death is specious at best. You have absolutely no comprehension of the horror of actual armed combat. Tillman was killed by friendly fire, something that thankfully has been rare in the recent conflicts in the Middle East, but was certainly much more common in other of our country’s wars. And, what does that have to do with Bush anyway? He was the Commander in Chief, not the commanders on the ground…not that they could have done anything about it. If you want to comment about Bush and your hatred of him, fine, but please do not in the slightest even hint of Tillman’s death in a political sense. You should be standing erect and saluting at the mention of his name!
laplateau February 21, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Lianne, you are gettiung more bizarre by the post. By the way, I love that picture of you...and here I thought you might be a woman, but now I get it. You are a female dog...to put it nicely.
Meredith McCutcheon February 21, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Yes, please!!
Joni Hubred-Golden February 21, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Thanks everyone for contributing, we're closing comments on this thread.


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