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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wisconsin-auto-accident-lawyers_20170526-162221_1.jpgThis Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest for travel in more than a decade, and for good reason. Employment is up, gas prices are down, and families and friends are ready to celebrate. With some 766,000 Wisconsin residents expected to travel out of town and 693,000 expected to hit the highways, road crews are taking off for the extended weekend. Unfortunately, that does not eliminate the risk of a construction zone accident.

Construction Zones Still Require Attentiveness

Although workers are taking an extended weekend off to make more room for drivers, orange cones, lane closures, and other elements specific to construction zones will still be present. As always, these areas require that drivers be attentive. Pay special attention to the road and the drivers around you. Watch for sudden lane changes or closures, vehicles that seem to be moving erratically, and uneven pavement areas. Also, be prepared for slow traffic through construction areas, and even potential stops due to congestion.

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Appleton WI auto accident attorneysCell phone use while driving is a serious problem in Wisconsin, and throughout the United States. A dangerous habit, no matter where you are, it can be especially problematic in work zones, where things can change in an instant and workers are often present. Wisconsin has responded to the issue by passing a new law that will make it illegal to use a cell phone and drive while in a construction zone, starting October 1st.

New Law Comes with Hefty Penalties

Telling drivers that cell phone use behind the wheel is dangerous does not do the trick – climbing rates of distracted driver accidents throughout the country, despite awareness efforts, have proven that. So lawmakers are taking a new approach. As of October 1st, anyone caught using a cell phone without a hands-free device in work zones will face a $40 fine for their first offense, and a $100 fine for any violations after. Those making emergency calls to 911 will be the exception, but do not expect to e able to use this excuse unless you are actually calling an emergency number.

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