Over the past few years, with the growing popularity of cell phones and text messaging, there has been a need for changes in traffic laws. With the addiction that so many have to their cell phones and constant communication, the roads have become more dangerous.
Being that teens are commonly the most attached to behaviors such as talking on their cell phones, checking emails and texting, they are particularly dangerous and in danger on the roads. Wisconsin is attempting to protect teens and those around them from the car accidents that occur all too often due to distracted driving.
Currently in Wisconsin, it is illegal for anyone to text while driving. There's enough evidence that proves texting and driving significantly increases the likelihood of traffic accidents. Traffic safety advocates believe that outlawing texting behind the wheel doesn't go far enough. The state has adopted legislation that goes in effect starting in November.
By next month, Wisconsin teenagers with probationary driver's licenses or instructional permits aren't just prohibited from texting and driving like the rest of the driving population; they will be legally prohibited from talking on their cell phones while behind the wheel. If a teen is caught committing the traffic offense, they will owe a fine.
Teens are inexperienced drivers. Their age alone also makes them likely to make bad decisions. Inexperience and immaturity combined is enough to create dangerous drivers. Teens especially do not need to give into the deadly distraction of their phones.
Do you think that this law is a positive step for Wisconsin traffic safety? Will it truly result in fewer distracted teen drivers?
Source: River Falls Journal, "Distracted-driving law expands for teens," Oct. 19, 2012