Proposed bill would ban cell phone use for drivers in certain areas

CREATED Jan 14, 2014

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MADISON – A legislative committee will take up a proposed bill Wednesday that would ban cell phone use for drivers in construction zones.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has warned that construction zones are a dangerous place for drivers to be on the phone.

“With the narrow lanes and the workers, at 55 or 65 mph it only takes a second for a distracted driver using a phone to cause a property damage crash, an injury crash, or even worse—a fatal crash,” cautioned State Trooper Kevin Kinderman.

If the bill is approved, penalties would start at a $20 fine.