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Ban on texting while driving nears one year on books


WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Wisconsin's ban on cell phone texting while driving is nearing one year on the books. According to the Department of Transportation 162 drivers have been cited for violating the law through September of this year.

    Newsline 9 found that enforcement levels are low in counties in our area as well. A review of DOT figures shows the following violation reports in Central Wisconsin counties: Lincoln 2, Marathon 6, Oneida 0, Portage 1 and Wood County 1.

   Everest Metro Police Chief, Wally Sparks, said, "It's very hard to enforce. According to the law you have to ask them if they were texting or be able to see them physically pushing the buttons."

   Still, officers say they believe the new law has created more dangers about texting and driving. They point out more schools offer hands-on learning programs for students to show them how dangerous texting is behind the wheel.

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