The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Illinois House approved a bill Thursday that would make it illegal for people to talk on hand-held cell phones while driving.
The House Bill states: "A violation of this Section is an offense against traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles. A person who violates this Section shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense."
According to the House Bill text, exceptions would include:
- A law enforcement officer or emergency personnel performing their duties.
- A driver using his or her cell phone to report an emergency.
- A driver using a hands-free headset.
House Bill 3972 passed by a 62-53 vote, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill will now move on to the Illinois Senate.
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