Wisconsin State Senate Passes Law Limiting Cell Phone Use For Young Drivers

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 7:11 am

The Wisconson State Senate has passed 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.

The Associated Press reports that under the bill first-time violators would face penalties ranging from $20 to $40. Repeat offenders would pay anywhere between $50 and $100. The Senate approved the bill Tuesday on a voice vote with no debate.

The Assembly passed it unanimously in February. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who can sign it into law or veto it. The governor’s spokesman says Walker will evaluate the measure when it arrives.

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