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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Supporters of legislation to ban cellphone use by teen drivers with graduated driver’s licenses are calling on the Michigan House to pass the legislation before the end of the year.
State legislators, public safety officials and students joined the mother of an accident victim yesterday to urge the passage of the bill known as ‘Kelsey’s Law.” It’s named after 17-year old Kelsey Raffaele, who died in a crash while she was using a cellphone.
Kelsey’s mother, Bonnie Raffaele of Sault Ste. Marie, says there is nothing that can be done to bring her daughter back. But, she says, passing this law can prevent countless other tragedies just like Kelsey’s. The measure was approved by the Republican-controlled State Senate earlier this year, but in the Republican-controlled House, it has stalled, as some members say it should be common sense for any motorist not to use a cellphone while driving.
If the year ends and there’s no action, the bill must be reintroduced and go through the Senate again before it can see final approval.
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