It’s named after 17-year old Kelsey Raffaele of Sault Ste. Marie, who died in a crash while she was using a cellphone in 2010. Under the legislation, teenage drivers with a level 1 or 2 graduated driver license will have to comply with cell phone restrictions.
The only exemptions would be allowing new teen drivers to report a crash, emergency or crime. The new law allows for primary enforcement by police, though in most cases it will be enforced after the detection of another moving violation.
A violation of the law will result in a civil infraction to be determined by the local jurisdiction. No points will be assigned to the driver’s record and drivers will not be punished for using a vehicle’s integrated hands-free phone system or for using cell phones to report an emergency.
The law will take effect in late March.
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