The Lake Breeze Newspaper

Volume #98, Issue #7

Lake Breeze Newspaper

Andrew Becker, Web Edition Editor

March 15, 2013

Teens Driving With New Restrictions

Story by: Rachel Fettig

On Nov. 1, 2012 a new driving law took effect called Wisconsin Act 164.
This law states that anyone who has a Wisconsin permit or a probationary license may not drive any motor vehicle while using a cellular or other wireless telephone, except to report an emergency.
A probationary license expires two years after the applicant’s next birthday.
According to Tim Eirich, security guard, this law was put into place due to horrible accidents in Wisconsin caused by young drivers.
“It is felt that because of the inexperience of younger drivers they do not need any more distractions while driving a motor vehicle,” Eirich said.
Teens drivers do not have as much experience while driving so when the weather changes, they may have a harder time adjusting when the road conditions change.
Eirich also explained how teens don’t take driving as seriously as they should. They get easily distracted, and they don’t realize how big of a responsibility it is to drive on the roadways safely.
Senior Sandra Kenly said that she changes her driving habits from summer to winter.
Kenly explained that while driving in the winter you have to be far more cautious because the roads are more dangerous due to ice.
Kenly also added, “I used to look at my phone while driving but not now, and I have never done it in winter since it is already dangerous to drive.”
There have been approximately 200 to 300 accidents during this winter season, so if you are planning on driving, take precautions.
The rules and laws of the road are put into place for people’s safety, so don’t forget you aren’t the only person out on the road.
Nothing on your phone is worth looking at if it ends in a fatal accident.

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