Dodge County teen charged with texting while driving
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TOWN OF ELBA- A teenage driver from Dodge County was cited after she nearly struck a pedestrian while texting behind the wheel.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, Shawn Forgue reported that his girlfriend was sweeping the sidewalk around 4:30 p.m. in front of their town of Elba home on Highway 60 when she was nearly struck by a vehicle that jumped the curb.
Officers on the scene reported seeing a 30-foot-long tire mark along the terrace.
16-year-old Jennifer Jones of Reeseville, admitted to officers that she had been texting on her phone at the time.
Jones was issued a traffic citation for texting while driving.
Effective Dec. 1, 2010, Wisconsin drivers are prohibited from composing or sending text messages or email messages while driving.
The new text messaging ban is considered a primary offense, which means a driver may be pulled over solely on the basis of violating the texting ban.
The penalty for a first offense is a fine of $20 to $400 and up to four points on the driving record of the offender.
Second-time offenders face a fine from $200 to $800.