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Illinois Could Ban Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving

The Illinois House passed a bill Thursday that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

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.

House Bill 3972 is an amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code that would count talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving as a moving violation in Illinois, according to the Tribune.

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.

Do you think there should be a state-wide ban on talking on cell phones while driving? Tell us in the comments.

Phill March 15, 2012 at 09:38 PM
This is a great idea! Let's also ban the following too, people searching their purses while driving, it's distracted driving, especially those who come to a complete stop, in the middle of an intersection, they should have their licenses revoked! Let's not forget the make up artists and shavers in the morning, I see them drift in and out of lanes all day long. Finally, my favorite, the parents who turn completely around to talk to their kids, they should be arrested! I see these things happen more often the cell phones use of any kind. Bottom line: pull the hell over, park, and do what you have to do; personal responsibility, 1st
Jack Meoff March 16, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Bluetooth earpiece anyone?
Jimbo Jones March 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I personally think texting is ten times more dangerous. I don't know about you clowns, but I am more than capable driving and talking on a phone. You know, because I'm not retarded. Can you not chew gum and pat your head either? Stop texting while driving and keep your damn eyes on the road. I am more than capable of talking and looking at the road and handling my automobile. I figured most of us were equally talented. I guess not.
S. Joseph March 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
This is about one thing, more government control over the things we do. Is it really about safety, no. Bluetooth won't help, because you are making me buy something that I don't want. You know how many people in lake county don't like those red light cameras, but no our politicans said yes, more government control again. Now they want speed cameras really. Get rid of frivolous laws, tighten up on drinking and driving. I say first time offender, get there licenses revoked for 5 years.
faithwalkr23 March 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Bluetooth should he mandatory in all new vehicles for sure. As well as packages for fitting older cars, and bring Bluetooth prices down! Other than that the bill should go nation wide.

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