Ill. lawmakers vote to ban texting while driving - KMOV.com

Ill. lawmakers vote to ban texting while driving

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have voted to bar people from texting or checking e-mail while driving. Now it's up to Gov. Pat Quinn to decide whether the ban will become law.

The House passed the ban 92-25 on Thursday. The Senate approved the bill last week.

It would bar drivers from reading their e-mail or sending text messages while moving. But they could do it while pulled over to the side of road or at a standstill in traffic.

The ban would not apply to reading directions from a navigation system.

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The bill is HB71.

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