Wis. ban on texting while driving starts Dec. 1


APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin drivers will be breaking state law starting Dec. 1 for texting while driving.

Under the new law, first-time violators face fines of $20 to $400, along with having four points assessed on their driving records. Second-time violators face fines of $200 to $800.

The law is primary, meaning police can stop someone for texting instead of first having to pull them over for another offense, like speeding.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration says 30 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, have banned text messaging by drivers. Eleven were enacted this year.

State Patrol Lt. Nick Scorcio tells the Post-Crescent of Appleton that troopers normally give drivers 30-days before enforcing new laws while trying to educate the public, but that may not be the case with this law.