Wisconsin AAA says the state’s ban on texting while driving needs to be updated. The motor club’s Nick Jarmusz says other states now ban using social media, downloading music, and other functions of modern smartphones.
Since December of 2010, it’s been illegal in Wisconsin to write and send text messages behind the wheel. In 2012, critics said the law was rarely enforced.
The State Patrol issued 83 citations in the law’s first 35 months, not counting tickets from local law enforcement, and Greenfield’s police chief said at the time it required police to seize a phone, get a warrant, extract the text data, and analyze it. The chief called it a “large undertaking for a traffic ticket,” while others said it helps to highlight the dangers of texting while driving.