Wireless Communications Device and Wireless Telephone Laws – Is Wisconsin next?

California recently passed a law making it an infraction to write, send or read text based communication on an electronic communication wireless device, such as a cell phone while driving a motor vehicle.  The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department or other emergency services agencies.Wisconsin currently has no ban on cell phone use while driving, but the State outlaws distracted driving or “being so engaged or occupied as to interfere with the safe driving of that vehicle.”  The fine is $173.00 and four points.  Pending legislation Wisconsin Senate Bill 103 approved by the State Senate on October 20, 2009, would prohibit use of text messaging devices while driving on state roads and highways.  The plan now goes to the Assembly.  Wisconsin Assembly Bill 341 would prohibit any driver under age 18 who is driving with an instruction permit or probationary license from using a cell phone of any kind of other wireless communication devices if they are not installed in the vehicle.