Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle today signed into law legislation that will prohibit texting while driving in Wisconsin. Assembly Bill 496 prohibits sending an email or text message while driving, with certain exceptions, and imposes a fine of between $20 and $400, effective December 1, 2010. Twenty-three other states and Washington, D.C. have enacted similar legislation.
“For far too long, inattentive driving has been a serious problem in Wisconsin and across the country,” Governor Doyle said. “This bill is an important step to make our roads safer and save lives.”
Doyle thanked Representatives Barca, Turner and Bernard Schaber and Senators Lehman and Lasee for their work on the bill.