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Texting ban comes to Wisconsin drivers

A new Wisconsin texting-while-driving ban is on the books.

Governor Jim Doyle passed the bill into law earlier this month, fitting Wisconsin in with the now 25 other states that have some form of anti-texting laws for their motorists. Wisconsin also joins the majority of those states by making the offense primary, meaning that a police officer can pull over a motorist for texting only. A few other states require officers to find another offense before ticketing drivers for texting.

Motorists can expect to pay $20 to $400 fines for first time offenses, and see a drastic increase to a $200 to $800 fine for second-time violations. The law is set to go into effect on December 1, 2010, although police have noted that a brief grace period is likely in order to allow drivers to learn the new law.

Research supports the rationale behind the lawmaking, as Virginia Tech University’s study on key pad entry shows that a texting driver is 2.8 times more likely to collide or nearly collide with something else. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics for 2008 alone show a 6,000 death toll and over 500,000 injuries due to distracted driving.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless or distracted driver, you may be eligible for legal recourse. Contact the Sheboygan reckless driving accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.

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