MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would prohibit young drivers from using cell phones.

The bill would bar anyone operating a motor vehicle under an instruction permit or a probationary license from using a cell phone or other wireless communications device except to report an emergency.

First-time violators would face penalties ranging from $20 to $40. Repeat offenders would pay anywhere between $50 and $100.

The Senate was expected to take up the measure Tuesday. The Assembly passed it unanimously in February. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.

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Comments (11)
  1. AntiTeabagger says:

    They should ban it in all states, my wife was hit because a girl was on her phone and ran a stop sign. Kids are too dumb to drive and talk at the same time.

  2. CH says:

    Agreed! However their “punishment” is too wimpy. Their proposed penalty is nothing, compared to the value of the life they might take.

  3. Eric says:

    At what age do they consider young. Many adults can be just as distracted as teens when it comes to using phones on the road.

  4. Do something says:

    It should start with the parents of the kids. They are the reason these days the kids act like that , because they let them do what they want.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      This is a meaningless comment.

      You don’t think the draw of constant communication with their friends might have something to do with it, eh? No, it’s the parents who got them hooked on being social. What a buffoon.

  5. Cindy says:

    This should be done for all people driving a car!! Distracted driving is distracted driving no matter how hold you are.
    And the fine needs to be increased to something that will definately hurt the wallet.

  6. xxx says:

    It should be illeagal for all drivers and the car should be confiscated for the penalty.
    What value do you put on human life that gets snuffed out because a distracted driver kills someone?

    That would be some serious teeth into the law.

    1. markH says:

      I couldn’t agree more with your statement. Distracted driving accounts for more and more “accidents” every year-and it’s only going to get worse. Personally, I think the only solution is technology; auto manufacturers need to collaborate with phone manufacturers to develop phones that will not allow a signal to be received or sent while a car is in operation.

      1. C'mon Man!!!!!!!!!!! says:

        My question is though, how do they know how old they are? Are they just going to look at them and if they seem that young they can pull them over just for that? There are a lot of people that look that young but are really not. Don’t get me wrong I agree that they should ban it but if they are just pulling you over to see how old you are then that just gives them another right to pull anyone over and they can say that they looked younger, then boom you have cops pulling anyone over anytime they want to check how old they are. Isn’t this the same as checking the illegal immigrant status kind of? Which I think they should be able to do that as well. Just saying.

    2. C'mon Man!!!!!!!!!!! says:

      Ok but when does it stop? Why not let them come in to our homes and tell us what we can and can’t do as well. What about the radio? That can distract you just as bad or a kid in the back seat crying and yelling? Driving while having a drink or 2 even though you are not above .08, tell me that doesn’t impair a person more than a phone. You going to ban all that to? I agree that texting and driving is wrong but with hands free talking on the phone is no different to me then talking to the person next to you. Looking down at the radio station you are looking for or turning around to tell a child to behave or glancing in your rearview mirror. I mean I think we have enough of the government babysitting already. It is just common sense people don’t talk on the phone if you can’t concentrate on driving, period.

  7. jake says:

    Young drivers, under 18 yrs of age, should be banned from driving. Just think of how many lives would be saved AND how much gas would be saved.

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