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Snyder To Sign Cell Phone Ban For Novice Drivers

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign legislation prohibiting novice drivers from using a cell phone while behind the wheel.

The governor plans to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon in his Lansing office.

The legislation applies to holders of Level 1 licenses, who must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or another licensed driver at least 21 years old, and those with Level 2 licenses, who can drive alone with some limits on hours and carrying young passengers.

It exempts Level 3 drivers, who have full privileges.

Supporters say the law could prevent countless tragedies, while opponents say it should be common sense for people not to use cell phones while driving.

Snyder will be joined at the bill signing by family members of Kelsey Raffaele, a 17-year-old from the Upper Peninsula who was killed in a crash while chatting on her cellphone. Her grieving mom pushed for “Kelsey’s Law.”

Violators face a $100 fine and a civil penalty.

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