Wisconsin Cell Phone Ban For Young Drivers Goes Into Effect

Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 7:07 am

Young drivers, put away your phones. As of Thursday, using them while driving is illegal.

The new law bars anyone operating a motor vehicle under an instruction permit or a probationary license from using a cellphone or other wireless communications device except to report an emergency.

First-time violators would face penalties ranging from $20 to $40.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the hope is the new law will deter teenagers and other inexperienced drivers from talking on their phones while driving, which can be a dangerous distraction.

The law primarily affects young drivers, but those on probationary licenses can be older and include people who were licensed in other countries.

State law already prohibits drivers of any age from texting while behind the wheel.

As of September, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association notes that 32 states and the District of Columbia ban cell phone use by novice drivers.

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