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What You Need to Know About Wisconsin Distracted Driving Laws

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Distracted driving takes lives, so it is little wonder why Wisconsin has such strict driving laws. In the state, drivers are prohibited from engaging with activities that interfere with their ability to drive safely. Besides putting on makeup or reading the paper while behind the wheel, this specifically includes texting and calling while driving.

Inattentive Driving Laws in Wisconsin

According to Wisconsin’s state law, no one can drive a vehicle if they want to create or send a text message or an email, excluding the following:

  • Operators of authorized emergency vehicles such as an ambulance driver.
  • Any driver who uses a device for the sole purpose of receiving or sending messages that pertain to the operation of their vehicle or any accessory that is necessary for its operation, such as a GPS device.
  • A novice radio operator who has a valid professional license issued by the federal communications commission and who is using a 2-way radio or communication equipment. However, they also have to observe proper radio operating protocols and procedures when they use said equipment.
  • A driver who uses a voice operated or hands-free device while driving to communicate with someone, if they do not use their hands to operate it except to turn it on or off.

The Consequences of Breaking Cell Phone Usage Laws

If you are driving in Wisconsin and are caught texting or on a call, the consequences are anything but cheap. According to the law, you will get four (4) points on your driving record.

Get caught two (2) more times and your license will be suspended for two (2) months. If you accumulate 30 points, your license will be suspended for a year. If you have a probationary license under GDL restrictions, the driving ticket you get for distracted driving will extend it by another six (6) months. You will also need to pay a hefty fine and deal with potential insurance ramifications of your actions.

You can reduce those points by attending an approved traffic safety course – but only one (1) reduction is allowed in three (3) years. To avoid this hassle, don’t use your cell phone while you are driving, unless you have a hands-free device you can use without taking your hands off the wheel and your eyes from the road.

How John V. O’Connor can Help

Distracted driving can cause crippling injuries or worse. If you have been the victim of such an accident, you need a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of John V. O’Connor in your corner.

Besides ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve we also investigate the incident and ensure you can get the medical care you need and deserve by helping document your injuries. We will also check in on you and your doctor to ensure all of your medical concerns are addressed. In fact, we will go the extra mile and help you find employment – especially if you have unique needs. Get in touch with us today for a consultation in Kenosha, WI.

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The Law Offices of John V. O'connor

The Law Offices of John V. O'Connor
600 52nd Street Suite 120
Kenosha, WI 53140

262-605-8400

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