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Wisconsin law bars new drivers from using cell phones

A new law takes effect in Wisconsin on Thursday that bans drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license from “using a cellular or other wireless telephone except to report an emergency.” The law is primarily aimed at teens, whose leading cause of death nationwide is traffic crashes, and distracted driving leads to many of those crashes, public safety officials say.
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A new law takes effect in Wisconsin on Thursday that bans drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license from “using a cellular or other wireless telephone except to report an emergency,” the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.

The new law is primarily aimed at teens, whose leading cause of death nationwide is traffic crashes, the CDC says.

Texting while driving for all motorists is against the law in Wisconsin.

Minnesota has similar laws – no texting while driving for any driver, and drivers 18 and younger with learner or provisional licenses are banned from using cell phones. The Governors Highway Safety Association has a state-by-state comparison.

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