Hands-Free Work Zones
In the state of Wisconsin, it is illegal to talk on a handheld mobile device when driving in a work zone. When driving through any construction zone, you cannot text, talk, navigate or do any other activity that involves a handheld device. This law was put into place in an attempt to decrease distracted driving and increase the safety of motorist and construction workers across the state.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
The use of mobile devices is one of the leading causes of distracted driving throughout the United States. This law promotes increasing the safety of construction workers and overall dedication to the road.
- Wisconsin recorded 3,157 work zone crashes in 2018, causing nine deaths and 1,274 injuries.
- Wisconsin averages nine work zone crashes daily during construction season.
- Mobile device use is a factor in one in four crashes nationwide.
What About Bluetooth?
Hands-free devices such as Bluetooth-enabled phone calls, music and navigation connected to your vehicle are an exception to the rule. Although these devices are hand-free, they can still pose a threat to distraction. Ensure that you limit your time using Bluetooth features and continue to drive safely through the work zone.
Dedicate Yourself to the Road
The use of handheld mobile devices is one of the most common factors in distracted driving. Be sure to always dedicate yourself to driving first, everything else can wait.
- Never text and drive!
- Leave your phone where you cannot see it. It will be less tempting to pick it up, to text or talk if it is out of sight.
- Eliminate all distractions and slow down when entering a work zone. Make sure you are aware of construction workers, signs and cones.
- If driving with a passenger, ask them to call, text or navigate for you.
- Find a safe place to pull over, such as a gas station or rest stop.
Failure to follow this law can include a ticket and court cost of $162.70 for a first offense and $200.50 for a second offense. This law of hands-free driving in work zones is an ongoing effort to reduce distracted driving and aid in the safety of both motorists and workers. Just remember: Orange cones, put down the phones!
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