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Posted on: October 22, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Wisconsin Act 164: Restrictions on Cell Phone Use in Motor Vehicles

The Stevens Point Police Department reminds everyone that Wisconsin Act 164 goes into effect on November 1 and will prohibit anyone who holds a Probationary or Instructional Driver license from using a cell phone while driving any motor vehicle.

The Stevens Point Police Department reminds everyone that Wisconsin Act 164 goes into effect on November 1 and will prohibit anyone who holds a Probationary or Instructional Driver license from using a cell phone while driving any motor vehicle. Anyone with a Probationary or Instructional license may only use a cell phone in a motor vehicle to report an emergency.

Fines for violating the new cell phone law are $20-$40 for the first offense; and $50 to $100 for subsequent convictions within a year. The ban applies to all cell phone use (handheld or hands-free) except in emergencies. Texting while driving is already outlawed for all drivers in Wisconsin.

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among Wisconsin teenagers.

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