Michigan Police Wage Uphill Battle Enforcing Teen Cellphone Ban
Yesterday marked the first day that teenagers with a Level One or Two license could be pulled over in the state of Michigan if they were spotted texting or talking on a cellphone at the wheel. But initial efforts of law enforcement officials show that actually rooting out offenders might be easier said than done. In Kent County, for instance, no citations were issued, despite officers now on the lookout for the offense. An Undersheriff explains that it could be awhile until enforcement begins in earnest because one has to be sure that the driver is of the correct age. Officers thus have to look out for certain signs, such as a driver leaving the parking lot of a high school. If caught, a teen faces a $100 penalty.
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