A Wisconsin Assembly panel has approved a bill
that would clearly forbid drivers from watching television while behind the
The Assembly Highway Safety Committee voted
unanimously Dec. 9 to advance the bill – AB567 – to the full Assembly for
Current state law already prohibits drivers
from watching any device that receives a television broadcast if it’s located
in front of the back of the driver’s seat or is visible to the driver – regardless of whether the device interferes with safe driving.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gary Bies,
R-Sister Bay, would amend the law to prohibit drivers from watching any device
capable of displaying a live or recorded television, cable or satellite
broadcasts, DVDs or video games that is located within the driver’s view.
The restriction wouldn’t apply to dashboard
readouts or other displays of information about a vehicle’s operation or
Drivers found in violation of the rule could
be fined up to $400.