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Wisconsin passes texting ban

Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill into law last Wednesday officially banning texting while driving.

The new law showed strong signs in the state legislature last month, and joins Wisconsin to a list of 25 other states with texting-while-driving bans. The law will go into effect December 1, 2010, although State Patrol Superintendent David Collins believes that drivers may be offered a brief grace period to recognize the changes.

State officials have deemed the offense to be worth primary enforcement, which means that an offender can be pulled over and charged with texting without another offense. 20 of the 25 other state-wide bans use primary enforcement policies. If found guilty, the fine can range from $20 to $400, which matches the Wisconsin penalties for inattentive driving. Exceptions are made for emergency vehicles, drivers using global positioning devices, and drivers using voice recognition devices to text.

According to a Virginia Tech University study, texting increased the risk of crashing or nearly crashing by 2.8 times more than a driver attending solely to driving.

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