Wisconsin bill eyes cellular phones

| 2/20/2003

A Wisconsin lawmaker has introduced legislation to prohibit drivers’ use of cellular phones.

AB58, introduced by Rep. Carol Owens, R-Oshkosh, would make using a cell phone while driving a primary offense, meaning police could pull over any driver seen talking on a phone.

Violators could be fined as much as $400. The bill would exempt emergency calls.

Owens told Land Line she plans to add an amendment to the measure permitting “hands-free” devices.

“Talking on a cell phone while driving is very prevalent today,” Owens said. “We want to help ensure drivers aren’t distracted because they’re holding onto a cell phone.”

--by Keith Goble, staff writer