Cellphone ban begins for drivers in Wisconsin Rapids

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) — Beginning Saturday, drivers in Wisconsin Rapids could be ticketed if they use a cellphone without a hands-free device.

Police Chief Kurt Heuer says officers will likely issue warnings as the new law goes into effect. The ban does not apply to police officers, firefighters, ambulance drivers or military personnel on official business.

The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune says a first time violation carries a $100 fine. A driver who buys a hands-free device before their court date can have the citation withdrawn.