La Crosse officers watch for distracted drivers

Officers want drivers to be safe

La Crosse officers watch for...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Texting may be difficult to prove, but local law enforcement have their own strategies against distracted drivers.

Under Wisconsin's texting and driving law, officers have to prove a driver was sending or writing a text or email. But that statute also falls under the state's inattentive driving law, which includes actions that can take a drivers attention away from the road, like looking at your phone.

Officers with the La Crosse Police Department want drivers to be safe on the road.

"What we'd like to see is make sure that people put their phone on vibrate or silent so they don't have that temptation if a text comes in or something like that, that they won't reach for it. When they get to their destination, then they can respond to that text message,” said La Crosse Police Department Lieutenant Patrick Hogan.

Both of the state statutes, inattentive driving and texting while driving, include a fine of $111 in La Crosse.

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