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Anti-texting law passes in Wisconsin

Last Wednesday, Governor Jim Doyle signed a texting-while-driving ban into law.

The law makes Wisconsin the 25th state to pass an anti-texting ban, drawing the commendation of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Of the 25 states, 20, including Wisconsin, use a primary enforcement policy to stop drivers from texting. Primary enforcement means that state officials can pull over a driver for the sole offense of texting. First offense fines range between $20 to $400 and four points added to their driving records, while repeat offenders can expect fines between $200 and $800.

The law goes into effect December 1, 2010, although patrol officer may given motorists a brief warning period to ensure that the law is understood.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 6,000 deaths and roughly 500,000 injuries occurred in 2008 due to distracted driving. A Virginia Tech University study supports these numbers, offering that texting increases the possibility of an incident or nearly a crash by 2.8 times compared to driving unimpaired.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless or distracted driver, you may be eligible for legal recourse. Contact the Green Bay reckless driving accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today to discuss your claim.

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