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Outlawing using cell phones while driving proposed in Green Bay


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay alderman wants the city to look into banning cell phone use while driving.

Alderman Jerry Wiezbiskie says it's an idea he sees every day, and it became nearly dangerous while he was clearing snow at his Nicolet Drive home.

“I’d say almost 90 percent of the cars that go by, they’re on the telephone,” Wiezbiskie told FOX 11, “And I know they don’t see me!”

In Wisconsin, several cities have passed tougher laws regarding using a cell phone while driving. The idea is to help make the streets safer from inattentive drivers.

The city of Wausau passed an ordinance earlier this month banning drivers from using hand-held electronic devices. Violators would have to fork over $40. However, GPS and hands-free phones are still okay. 

“I think it warrants – actually – a good looking into, basically,” said Wiezbiskie.

The idea is slated to go before a city committee Monday night. A state bill – similar to Wausau’s ordinance – is currently being floated in Madison.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)