New Cell Phone Law in Effect

A new state law that took effect Saturday makes it illegal for drivers in Wisconsin to talk on handheld cellphones while in road construction areas. Violators face fines of up to $40 for first-time offenders and $100 for repeat offenders. Hands-free and Bluetooth devices remain legal to use, though the Wisconsin Department of Transportation cautions that even hands-free devices can take a driver’s attention off the road. An exemption in the law allows drivers to use a hand-held mobile device in construction areas if dialing 911.

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