New law banning cell phones for young drivers goes into effect in November
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PEWAUKEE- Amethyst Schmoller is a high school senior who drives and got her license about a year ago. She knows all about distracted driving.
"People shouldn't be on their phones while they're operating a vehicle -- it's dangerous," Schmoller says. She admits to using her cell phone while driving.
Under a new law, drivers with a probationary license or instructional permit cannot use cell phones -- allowing young drivers to concentrate on the road.
The law takes effect starting in November.
"The no cell phone -- I could almost see that because of all these accidents with kids, they're just so distracted," Patricia Hoehnke says. Hoehnke is a mother of two, one is getting ready to learn how to drive.
Because the state law is still quite new, law enforcement needs to get more familiarized with it.
But, officers would be able to tell who is distracted while driving, according to Waukesha Police Capt. Ron Oremus.
"If you see people swerving in their lanes, it used to be indicative of just the drunk driver now, it's going to be maybe someone who's been texting."
Breaking the new law could be costly, nearly $200 for the first offense.