A statewide ban on texting and driving is on its way to the Governor’s desk. The Assembly on Thursday night approved changes to the bill made by the Senate earlier this week, clearing the way for Wisconsin to join the list of states that ban texting behind the wheel.
State Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) says he’s pleased to see the bill finally finished, and he believes the measure will make Wisconsin’s roads safer.
Violators of the ban could face fines of between $20 and $400. Barca says an important aspect of the legislation is also educating the public about the dangers of texting and driving. He says the word will need to be sent out “far and wide” about how dangerous the behavior really is.
The ban would take effect seven-months after it’s signed into law, which Barca believes is plenty of time to help educate the public. The Governor has indicated he will sign the bill.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:00)