Wisconsin Considers New Law Banning Cellphones in Road Construction Zones

December 19, 2013

Two factors that can increase the chances of motorists being involved in collisions are cellphone distractions and construction zones. The Appleton car accident lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham say that is why state lawmakers are considering passing legislation that would prohibit drivers from using cellphones while in construction zones.

According to an article published by the Insurance Journal, the bill was submitted on Dec. 6 and is being sponsored by Sen. Jerry Petrowski. It seeks to prevent motorists from using cellphones when workers are present in highway construction zones. Under the proposed new law, an offense would be punishable by a fine of between $20 and $40 for first-time offenses, while all secondary offenses would be subject to fines of up to $100.

Current state law only prohibits motorists from texting while driving and also bans new drivers from cellphone use while at the wheel.

Petrowski says he hopes the new law will reduce both highway fatalities and the number of distracted driving offenders the state punishes annually.

The Appleton personal injury lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham applaud the actions being taken to better protect the public from dangers they face on the highway each day and are hopeful the efforts are a success!