Wisconsin Expands Reach of Distracted Driving Law

New Wisconsin legislation restricts cellphone use when driving in construction zones.

Unlike many other states, Wisconsin permits—for the most part—motorists to talk on their cellphones while driving. But starting October 1, 2016, Wisconsin drivers will be generally prohibited from using a cellphone—except with a hands-free device—when driving through areas where road construction, maintenance, or utility work is being done. Fines for a violation range from $10 to $40 for a first offense and $50 to $100 for a second violation within a year.

(2015-2016 Wisc. Legis. Serv. Act 308 (2015 A.B. 198); Wis. Stat. Ann. § 346.89(4m) (2016); Wis. Stat. Ann. § 346.95(1) (2016).)