Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 9, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 01/09/2013

Snyder signs cellphone ban for novice drivers

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation prohibiting novice drivers from using a cellphone while behind the wheel.

The bill applies to holders of Level 1 licenses, who must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or another driver at least 21 years old. It also covers Level 2 licenses, which allow driving alone with limits on hours and carrying of young passengers.

It exempts drivers with full privileges.

Snyder signed the bill Tuesday in Lansing and was joined by the family of Kelsey Raffaele, a 17-year-old from the Upper Peninsula who was killed in a crash while chatting on her cellphone. Her mom pushed for "Kelsey's Law."

Snyder says the law is "very personal" to him because he also has a daughter named Kelsey who recently got her driver's license.

Small plane lands on Upper Peninsula road

ESCANABA — A small plane has made an emergency landing on a road in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, nearly missing a pickup truck that went into a ditch to avoid the aircraft.

The single-engine plane landed Monday night in Escanaba, near the campus of Bay College. WLUC-TV says no injuries were reported.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reported pilot Steve Atkins and passenger Donald Poe were forced to land after the plane's engine lost power. The men from Gladstone were en route to Escanaba from Houghton, where they attended a Civil Air Patrol meeting.

Atkins says he tried to make it to Delta County Airport, but landed on the road because he knew he wouldn't make it that far.

Atkins credits practice landings he performed in training for making the safe landing.

Authorities end search for Mackinac jumper

ST. IGNACE — Authorities have suspended their search for a person believed to have jumped from the Mackinac Bridge.

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