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Wis. makes texting while driving illegal Dec. 1

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APPLETON, Wis. (WKOW) -- After Dec.1, texting while driving will be illegal for Wisconsin drivers.

Under the new law, first-time offenses will be punished with fines of $20 to $400, along with having four points assessed on their driving records. Second-time violators will see fines ranging from $200 to $800.

The law is primary which means police can stop someone for texting instead of having to pull them over for another offense first.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, 30 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, have banned text messaging by drivers. Eleven were enacted this year.

 State Patrol Lt. Nick Scorcio tells the Post-Crescent of Appleton that police normally give drivers 30-days to be educated on the new laws before enforcing them, but this may not be the case with this law.

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