Kelsey's Law Update for Teens - Mobile phones banned for GDL 1 and 2 teen drivers
Teen drivers with a Level 1 or Level 2 Graduated Driver License take note!
If you use a mobile phone while driving, you risk being ticketed by a law enforcement officer.
Under state law, you are prohibited from initiating a call, answering a call, or listening to or engaging in verbal communication through a mobile phone. If ticketed, you could receive up to $295 in fines and costs.
This does not apply if you are using a voice-operated system integrated into the vehicle or if you are using a phone to:
- Report a traffic accident, medical emergency or serious road hazard.
- Report a situation in which you believe your personal safety is in jeopardy.
- Report or prevent a crime or potential crime against yourself or another person.
Driving is a privilege that requires skill, practice, judgment and responsibility. As a young driver, your attention needs to be focused on the road, not on the phone. We encourage you to keep yourselves, passengers and other motorists safe. You should obey the law, and not talk on the phone while driving.
The law banning mobile phone use, called Kelsey's Law, is named in honor of Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, who died in a mobile phone-related automobile crash in 2010.