Wisconsin law prohibits all of us from texting and driving, but most of us are still guilty of it anyway. In the future though, Weston and Wausau could pass an ordinance that would keep your hands right where they should be, on the wheel.
In 2011 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver according to distraction.gov.
In 2010 those numbers were up, 416,000 people were injured in accidents. Cities like Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield already have ordinances in place, prohibiting cell phone use while driving.
Despite those ordinances, statistics may not get any better because nearly 47% of adult drivers admit to either texting or talking while driving.
Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks say that cell phone use leads to distracted driving which increases your chances of a crash by six times more than if you’d drive while drunk.
Parks told us, “Problem with individuals is we see a lot of people using cell phones driving about either texting or talking on them. It distracts you. It causes you to be inattentive when operating a motor vehicle.”
Wausau plans to hold a discussion during its city council meeting next month. Weston has scheduled an open Public Safety Meeting set for Thursday at 6:30pm to discuss if the ordinance is a good thing for the community as a whole.
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