Ill. House OKs ban on cell phones while driving

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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 in Illinois.

 

The bill is HB1247.

 

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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