Don’t text and drive in Wisconsin or you’ll need a traffic lawyer

Most states now have some sort of traffic laws in place to keep people from texting while they drive—and Wisconsin is no different.

The law states, “No person may drive, as defined in s. 343.305 (1) (b), any motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text message or an electronic mail message.”

At the same time, Wisconsin’s law is even more stringent when it comes to new drivers. The law states, “no person who holds a probationary license issued under s. 343.085, or an instruction permit issued under s. 343.07, may drive, as defined in s. 343.305 (1) (b), any motor vehicle while using a cellular or other wireless telephone, except to report an emergency.”

Simply put, if you drive you’re not allowed to text. And if you have a learner’s permit, don’t even pick up your phone, unless it’s an emergency.

However, this doesn’t mean you have no recourse if you get ticketed. It’s extremely for police to hard to tell if you’re texting or simply plotting a new course into the GPS on your phone. Most people who receive tickets for driving while texting flat out admit they did it to the officer, because they assume they have been caught.

If you have been issued a ticket for texting while you drive, you may have legal options, contact one of our lawyers today to discuss your options.

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