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Coming Up: Hands Free Only in Illinois

Dave Dahl, Illinois Capitol Bureau
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SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (IRN) Illinois drivers would have to keep their hands off the phone, under a bill which barely passed the state House. It goes to the Senate after receiving 62 “yes” votes, two more than the minimum needed to pass.

State Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago), the sponsor, said the bill is in line with U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s campaign against distracted driving.

It’s already against the law to engage in text messaging while driving, and D’Amico said the arguments against his bill recall the resistance to seat belt legislation.

Lawmakers against the bill pointed out such distractions as makeup, food, and drink have been around a lot longer than cell phones, and at least one used the phrase “nanny state” to describe the government’s implementation of such laws.

If the bill passes and you use a cell phone while driving in Illinois it had better be hands-free behind the wheel.

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