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Proposal would ban drivers from using cell phones in construction zones


MADISON (WKOW) -- A proposed bill currently being circulated in the Wisconsin state legislature would ban drivers from making cell phone calls in construction zones where workers are present.

Republican Senator Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, emailed out the bill on Friday seeking co-sponsors.

Sen. Petrowski says he drafted the proposal at the request of the Marathon County highway commissioner, adding the intent is to protect road workers and reduce distracted driving.

State law currently bars drivers from texting while driving. New drivers on a probationary license are also barred from using a cellphone while driving.

Under Sen. Petrowski's proposal, violators could face fines of between $20 and $40 for a first offense and up to $100 for a second offense.

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