“This bill expands the scope of distracted driving beyond the current texting and emailing prohibition to include Facebook posting, tweeting, and snapchatting,” said Rep. Ron Tusler (R-Harrison), “By doing so, it will make roads safer and adapt to future technologies that may distract drivers.”
Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) co-authored the bill with Tusler. The three said they're trying to keep the roads of Wisconsin safe.
Wisconsin has a high accident rate caused by distracted drivers, according to Rep. Tusler.
The penalties if someone is caught using any kind of device while driving range from a minimum of $100 to $400.
"If you're going down the road, and I see a lot of people do this, they have their phone on the dashboard and they're paying attention to their phone when they should be watching straight ahead," said Curtis Maclavain, a driver from Appleton. "It's an accident waiting to happen."
A law banning texting while driving was enacted in Wisconsin in 2010.
The bill was just introduced. Rep. Tusler said he hopes Governor Walker will sign the bill by the fall.