Lawmakers are considering a ban on school bus drivers using cell phones.
Legislation before the Assembly Transportation Committee would make it illegal for school bus drivers to talk on a cell phone or send text messages while students are on the bus. State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), a sponsor of the measure, says it's not possible for a driver to adequately pay attention to their students and the road, while also using a cell phone.
A cell phone could still be used in an emergency situation.
Carpenter doubts it would impact most drivers, who would never consider putting the kids they transport at risk. However, he says the popularity and availability of those devices provides a dangerous and possibly deadly temptation that should be eliminated.
Drivers who violate the ban would face fines of up to $500 and repeat offenders could also have their license suspended.
The bill has already unanimously passed the state Senate and is awaiting action by an Assembly committee.