UPDATE: Bill would ban cellphones in construction zones

UPDATED Tuesday, January 28, 2014 --- 5:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill that would prohibit drivers from talking on their cellphones while in a construction zone is moving forward in the Wisconsin state Legislature.

A state Assembly committee planned a hearing Tuesday on the Republican-sponsored measure. It cleared a Senate committee earlier this month.

The ban would only be in place when workers are present in the construction zones. Drivers could still place cell calls to report emergencies.

State law currently bars drivers from texting while driving. New drivers on a probationary license are barred from using a cellphone while driving.

Under the construction zone ban, violators could face fines of between $20 and $40 for a first offense and up to $100 for a second offense.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, December 6, 2013 --- 1:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Drivers would be barred from talking on their cell phones while in a construction zone under a bill being circulated in the Wisconsin state Legislature.

Republican Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, emailed the bill on Friday seeking co-sponsors. The ban would only be in place when workers are present in the construction zones.

Petrowski says he drafted the proposal at the request of the Marathon County highway commissioner. He says the intent is to protect road workers and reduce distracted driving.

State law currently bars drivers from texting while driving. New drivers on a probationary license are barred from using a cellphone while driving.

Under his proposal, violators could face fines of between $20 and $40 for a first offense and up to $100 for a second offense.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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