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Bill would ban cellphones in highway construction zones

Texting While Driving Will Soon Be Illegal In Indiana
Texting While Driving Will Soon Be Illegal In Indiana

MADISON, Wis (WRN)   Drivers using cell phones in Wisconsin road construction zones could face a 20 dollar fine, under legislation being proposed at the Capitol. A bill from state Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) specifically prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle while using a cell phone in a construction zone, unless it’s a hands-free device.

State Patrol Lieutenant Brad Altman says just a few seconds of distraction can be fatal, and nationally each year there are some 2,000 work zone crashes.

Petrowski – who will amend the bill to allow emergency calls to be made – says there have been 74 fatalities in Wisconsin work zones over the past six or seven years. The measure has a public hearing Wednesday before the Senate’s transportation committee.

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