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Senate Passes Ban on Driving with Handheld Phones
Senate Passes Ban on Driving with Handheld Phones

It could soon be the law in Illinois to go “hands-free” when using a cell phone in the car. But, in this case, a good idea does not necessarily make a good law, opponents say.

The bill has a number of flaws, some senators pointed out, including a restriction on pushing buttons more than once. “To unlock the phone, I have to swipe and put in a code. So that means I’m breaking the law,” State Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) said of his phone. “Our constituents cannot follow (this law), I think it’s unreasonable … at least allow people to dial a number.”

“I’m concerned with people dying on the roads,” said the sponsor, State Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago). “They end up underneath the back of a semi with their head cut off.”

HB 1247 has passed the Senate, 34-20.