If passed, new bill will outlaw texting while driving - KMOV.com

If passed, new bill will outlaw texting while driving

A bill that would outlaw texting while driving in Illinois will soon be voted on in the state Senate.

House Bill 71 passed through the Illinois House of Representatives and also the Senate Transportation Committee with nine unanimous votes in April. The bill will probably be voted on in the Senate by the end of May, said Henry Haupt, deputy press secretary for the Secretary of State's Office.

The bill would make texting while driving a "moving violation," which is comparable to speeding or improper lane changing, Haupt said. The punishment for any violation would include a report on the driver's record and accompanying fines or court fees by the judge's discrimination.

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