Bill Proposes Statewide Ban on Cellphones Behind the Wheel

The cell phone debate has been a hot topic for a number of municipalities in our Central Wisconsin area.

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The cell phone debate has been a hot topic for a number of municipalities in our Central Wisconsin area.

However, soon the entire state may have to follow a law that prohibits hands-on cellphone use all together.

Drivers on their cell phones, you've definitely seen them, And you may be one of them who will have to abide by the new law.

If this proposed bill passes, the only way you may be able to communicate on the phone while driving is either using a bluetooth or speakerphone.

Representative Peter Barca introduced the bill in hopes of preserving lives along with helping people get in the habit of not using their phone while driving.

Barca said even though the results may not be immediate, it could have a huge impact on our culture here in Wisconsin.

"The whole idea of this bill is not to go out and issue a lot of tickets," Barca said. "It's to really change the habits of people."

The numbers of claims recorded before and after other cell phone use bans went into affect did not change, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,

However, driving professionals said having two hands on the wheel versus one is always a safer bet.

A drivers reaction time, instinct and tendency to overturn all change dramatically when they're driving with just one hand.

Barca also authored the texting and driving bill that's now Wisconsin law.

He said that law was a battle to get through the legislature.

Barca said he does not expect this one to be easy either, but he said it's in the best interest of the state.


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