House passes cellphone ban for Illinois drivers

House passes cellphone ban for Illinois drivers

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Using a cellphone while driving would be illegal under a measure approved by the Illinois House.
   
The proposal would make an exception for drivers who use some sort of hands-free device to make calls. There's also an exception for emergencies.
   
The bill passed 62-53 Thursday and moves to the Senate.
   
Lawmakers who oppose the bill complain that it would make Illinois a "nanny state."
   
Using a cellphone while driving would be a moving violation, like a speeding ticket. Three moving violations in a year and drivers can lose their license.
   
Chicago has had a similar ban for years.
   
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The bill is HB3972.
   

Online: http://www.ilga.gov 

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