Springfield, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has
approved a measure that would prohibit using cell phones while driving.
The 64-46 vote Friday moves the bill to
the state Senate for consideration. The measure would force drivers to use
hands-free devices or use speakerphone features for calls.
Police would be able to stop and ticket
drivers holding a cell phone except during emergency situations. Chicago
Democrat Rep. John D'Amico (duh-MEE'-koh) says 76 Illinois communities -- including Chicago --
already ban talking on phones and driving.
Opponents say the bill is unfair to
individuals with hearing problems and those who cannot afford high-tech phones.
D'Amico touted his measure as a public-safety matter.
Texting while driving is already illegal
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