Starting Thursday, teen drivers in Michigan with a Level 1 or Level 2 graduated driver’s license will be banned from using a cell phone while behind the wheel.

If a teen is caught by police using a cell phone while driving they will be handed a hefty fine of $100. That’s big bucks for most teens and traffic safety experts hope, a good lesson learned.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still list vehicle collisions as the leading cause of death for teenagers today. Teenagers are also responsible for the majority of text messages sent each month and make the majority of cell phone calls.

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its traffic safety report listing distracted driving as the leading cause of deadly vehicle collisions states and many public safety experts have been looking at the connection between teen driving habits and their inability to put down their cell phones.

Michigan lawmakers are hoping to drive home a message that distractions behind the wheel, especially for inexperienced teen drivers, is a recipe for disaster and a reason for guilty teen drivers to pay a hefty price–before they pay with their lives.