Teens will now have to ditch their cell phone when they're driving. Governor Snyder recently signed Kesley's Law, named after 17-year-old Kelsey Raffaele who died in a crash while using a cell phone. The law makes it illegal for drivers with level 1 and 2 licenses to use a phone and drive.
Rachel Shawhan, Marquette H.S. freshman, sees the importance of ditching the phone.
"Every time I see someone on their phone, I tell them talking and texting kills, for Kelsey," said Shawhan.
Distracted driving is the number one killer of teens, a fact strongly emphasized in driving schools.
"We do have modern videos that use teenagers themselves talking about their experiences with distracted driving especially with a use of a cell phone," said Mark McNabb, owner of Lake Superior Driving School.
It takes a couple of seconds for a trip to turn into a tragedy. Studies show people using a cell behind the wheel are more impaired than drivers with a .08 blood alcohol level.
The new law signed by Governor Snyder is a primary enforcement violation. Officers can pull a young driver over if they see them on the phone. But, since it's hard to prove, enforcement will happen after a traffic violation or crash. Police say they will catch violators.
"Either through the cell phone provider or our own technology to figure out if the cell phone was being used at that date and time and what it was calling and talking to, and we should subpoena the person on the other end of the line to come in and testify against the operator," said Marquette County Undersheriff Jack Schneider.
Officers say it's a step in the right direction but hopes it becomes illegal for everyone. The new law will take effect the end of March.