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Our Purpose

The KDR Challenge was created in memory of Kelsey Dawn Raffaele who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on January 24, 2010. KDR focuses on the youth in Michigan educating them on the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. KDR stands for Kids Driving Responsibly and are Kelsey's initials.
Presentations are given to high school and universities students on the importance of not Talking or Texting while driving. We also speak at other organizations throughout MI trying to bring awareness on the dangers of using a cell phone and driving.
In 2013 we were able to get Kelsey's Law passed in Michigan. This law prevents any driver with a Level 1 or Level 2 licenses from using a cell phone while they drive.
Over the years we have been able to speak to hundreds of thousand students and adults.  We have been able to change law and will continue to work on changing Michigan's GDL.  We will continue to work with other organizations to educate not just students, but parents, law enforcement, and anyone who drives about distracted driving.  It is my, Kelsey's Mamma, purpose in life to save as many people I can from a very preventable death and to educate as many as I can on driving safely.


KDR Mission

The KDR Challenge mission is to increase awareness among the youth on the dangers of distracted driving, especially using a cell phone while driving. Education, Legislation, Enforcement, and Technology are the building blocks to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities from this preventable act. Speaking to high schools students and colleges students throughout the state and/or country and on the dangers of distracted driving, injuries and fatalities will be reduce. Encouraging law enforcement to enforce the law and working with car manufacturers, cell phone companies, etc. on new technology will also reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. By working together we CAN save lives. 

KDR Challenge is it's own Non-Profit 501c3



Kelsey's Law Scholarship

2016 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2017 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2018 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2019 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2020 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2021Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2022 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2023 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners

2024 Kelsey's Law Scholarship Winners


Michigan Auto Law approached Kelsey's mom on giving out an annual scholarship in Kelsey's name to high school students throughout Michigan. We are now on our 8th annual scholarship.  Any high school junior or senior can apply.

Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.

Apply on line soon.  Deadline is March 31, 2024.

Apply Here 

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