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Wisconsin Distracted Driving Laws

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Wisconsin distracted driving laws went into effect on December 1st, 2010, when texting while driving became illegal. Since then, new bans have been added, including the ban on all cell phone use for novice drivers, which became effective on November 1st, 2012. Several bills have been filed recently, that would expand the ban on driving while viewing video images, but it's highly unlikely that they will be approved anytime soon, considering the strong opposition by the auto industry.

Text Messaging Ban

Wisconsin prohibits all drivers from texting. This means that it's illegal to use an electronic communications device for composing, reading or sending text messages. This ban calls for primary enforcement, meaning that a police officer can stop a driver and give them a ticket for texting, without another traffic violation taking place.

Novice Drivers

The state of Wisconsin defines novice drivers as those holding a learner's permit or an intermediate license, and prohibits them from all cell phone use (hand-held and hands-free). This is also a ban that is subject to primary enforcement.

The fines for those convicted of distracted driving vary greatly in Wisconsin. First-time offenders face fines as low as $20, but repeat-offenders are subject to much higher fines, which can go up to $400. In addition, 4 demerit points may be added against your driver's license.

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