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How would Wisconsin react to cell phone driving ban?

In our previous entry, we wrote a bit about the distracted driving crackdown proposed by the federal government's National Transportation Safety Board. This time, we're going to look at how Wisconsin might react to the proposal.

After all, states would have to enact and enforce the ban, just as states have in the past enacted speed limits encouraged by the federal government, as well as seatbelt mandates and other measures designed to prevent car accidents that can causes injuries and fatalities.

One media outlet about 200 miles east of La Crosse interviewed local law enforcement authorities and others to judge their assessment of the possible benefits of the ban that would prohibit all use of cell phones while people are behind the wheel.

One police chief said he has noticed that drivers are getting worse.

"Bad habits and bad driving," he said.

But he said the ban would likely be "hard to regulate."

He said no one texts while they're sitting next to a cop.

He said the state has struggled to even get all drivers to wear seatbelts.

Another police chief said she discourages people from talking on their phones while driving, urging them to instead pull over if they need to make or receive a call.

One driving school instructor said she'd support the ban if it was passed by state legislators.

A Wisconsin State Patrol and state Bureau of Transportation and Safety spokesperson said she doesn't believe the state will soon be enacting a blanket cell phone ban, but she said it wouldn't be surprising if there were laws put into place to stop people from using phones while driving through school safety zones and road work zones.

Source: "Local Officials: It Would Be Tough to Enforce Cell Phone Ban," Jared Halverson, Dec. 22, 2011

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