Wis. Texting-Driving Ban Goes Into Effect Wed.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin law enforcement is gearing up to look for texting drivers.

A new law goes into effect Wednesday that fines first-time violators $20 to $400, along with having four points assessed on their driving records. Second-time violators face fines of $200 to $800.

Wausau police partnered with AAA to bring in driving simulators last week into two area high schools, to show teens the dangers of driving and texting.

Lt. Ben Bliven expects some challenges to enforcing the law but even if there is some question whether the driver was texting, he says police can still give inattentive driving tickets.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration says 30 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, have enacted legislation to ban text messaging by drivers.

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  • Mark MNtaxwaste

    Can the government get just a little more into our lives. Next thing you know they will want a devise that will disable out cell phones while we are driving. That’s right it’s on the table already.

  • Nate

    Texting while driving gives you the same reaction time as driving with a .14 BAC. Good law, pay attention to the road!

  • Gus

    Yeah, Mark MN taxwaste, God forbid anybody step on your “rights” to wander out of your OWN lane! It’s al those leftie Socialists who don’t realize how good car crashes are for small business! Look for a smidgen of reality in your ridiculous Gov’t bashing.

    • Mark from MNtaxwaste

      Well Gus, if you don’t have the intelligence to know when to text and when not to thats up to you. The rest of us have the common sense to know, and don’t want to be treated like babies.

  • Kyle

    I’ts a good start to addressing a dangerous situation. Unfortunately it will be difficult to prove. Legally, an officer must obtain a search warrant to look at the drivers phone, which is not cost-effective to be issued for a petty misdemeanor.

  • Gabe

    Safty First. :)

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