Media Advisory: Cell Phone Ban for Teen Drivers Takes Effect March 28; Kelsey's Law Public Information Campaign Launches

Contact: Ms. Melody Kindraka, OHSP, 517-241-1522
Agency: State Police

Kelsey's Law

Issued: March 21, 2013


Beginning March 28, Level 1 and Level 2 licensed drivers under the Graduated Driver Licensing program are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. The speakers will provide an explanation of Kelsey's Law which was named in honor of Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., who was killed in a cell phone-related crash in 2010.

Materials from the new Put Your Phone In Park public information campaign will be presented.


Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
Michael L. Prince, Director, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
Bonnie Raffaele, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.


Wednesday, March 27
10:30 a.m.


Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University
Heritage Room
55 S. Harrison Ave.
East Lansing, Mich. 48824

Parking is available in the ramp adjacent to the Kellogg Center; parking validation for the ramp will be provided.


This event will take place during the Michigan Traffic Safety Summit. More than 400 people will attend the three-day conference, March 26-28, to get the latest information on traffic safety law enforcement issues, engineering best practices, emergency medical services and education.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Commission Awards Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m., March 27. Bonnie Raffaele will be presented with a 2012 Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement Award.