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For Immediate Release,
1/15/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
NSC applauds new Michigan law banning teens from using cell phones while driving
Passage of law will save lives
 
Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council applauds Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for signing S.B. 756, also known as Kelsey’s Law, on Tuesday. The law bans drivers with level 1 and level 2 licenses – predominantly teens – from using cell phones while driving. It will take effect in late March.
 
“Teens are our most vulnerable drivers and distractions such as cell phones can increase their already high crash risk,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO at NSC. “Gov. Snyder and the entire Michigan Legislature should be proud of this piece of legislation. Laws prohibiting cell phone distractions save lives.”
 
Michigan is the 33rd state to ban teen drivers from using cell phones. Kelsey’s Law is named after Kelsey Raffaele, a 17 year old from Sault Ste. Marie, MI, who was killed in 2010 in a crash she caused because she was distracted by her cell phone conversation while driving. Kelsey’s parents, Bonnie and Ron, were present when Gov. Snyder signed the bill into law. 
 
NSC does not support the use of cell phones while driving in any capacity – handheld or hands-free – by any motorist regardless of age or experience. NSC called for a total ban of all cell phone use while driving in 2009 after more than 50 studies identified the risks of cell phone use while driving, with 30 reporting no significant differences in risk between handheld and hands-free devices. For more information, visit distracteddriving.nsc.org.
 
 
About the National Safety Council
 
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.
 
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