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Distracted-driving law expands for teens

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government River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Wisconsin teenagers talking on their cell phones while driving could be fined starting next month.

The state law prohibiting inattentive driving expands November 1 to include drivers holding probationary licenses or instructional permits.

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Texting while driving is illegal in Wisconsin for all drivers. A driver could be fined $20 to $40 dollars for a first offense and $50 to $100 dollars for any subsequent offenses within a year of the first one. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crash were distracted at the time.

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