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Quinn signs statewide hand-held cell phone driving ban

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Gov. Pat Quinn signed two new laws to make Illinois roads safer for all drivers.

One law prohibits the use of all hand-held mobile devices while driving on Illinois roads.

The other law increases penalties for drivers who cause an accident while using an electronic device, including possible prison time. Current law only allows these drivers to be charged with traffic violations.

The bill does make exceptions for hands-free devices, including those with headsets.

Illinois is the 12th state to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving.

The law takes effect Jan. 1.



8 Comments to “Quinn signs statewide hand-held cell phone driving ban”

    bubba said:
    August 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Like it's going to be enforced.

      <?> said:
      August 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      It will, people are going to burn themselves left and right because they have to blab on and on with everyone. This is a major money maker for the system, fed by the lonliness and stupidity of the people. Even you bubba will be looking over your shoulder, real soon. Watch the phone fondlers cry.

        bubba said:
        August 17, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        I never use the phone. I have one at home.

    Jake said:
    August 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Police break this law all the time.

      Ken Zurek said:
      August 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      yes they do, I will bring stink about it too…any PD I will see using them I will call your watch commander and then media…Governor watch out I have seen you too using it lol

    smitty said:
    August 17, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    It's the Police calling her and telling her to put the phone down and step away from the vehicle.

    Jeff Kissinger said:
    August 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    The title of this article is false. There is no such ban created by HB1247. If you are using your phone in voice-operated mode, you can indeed hold your phone and speak on it because you would be exempt under 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2:

    (d) This Section does not apply to:
    (3) a driver using an electronic communication device
    in hands-free or voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset;

    If are using your iPhone, pick it up, hold the main button down and say "CALL HOME" and hold it to your ear, you are legally using your cell phone in voice-operated mode. It is legal to use it in hands-free OR voice-operated mode. Think about what these two terms mean. Just because you are hands-free doesn't mean that your phone has voice recognition and can be operated with your voice i.e. supports voice-operated mode.

    And yes the law also allows you to hold your phone and press a button on your phone to initiate or end a call.

    ILCS 5/12-610.1
    does not apply to
    (v) to a person using a wireless telephone by pressing a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication

    It's amazing how media is propagating this myth that hand held phones are banned. In fact a police officer would have no reasonable suspicion to pull someone over solely on the basis that they were holding their phone to their ear.

    StopTheMadness said:
    September 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    There is not a day that goes by that I don't see someone driving erratically using a cell phone on Illinois roads. I do hope this is enforced. I use a hand's free device and it can read texts, send texts, make calls etc. There is no excuse for anyone to be looking down at their phone while driving.

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