Central Illinois drivers react to cell phone legislation

By Beau Ebenezer

Central Illinois drivers react to cell phone legislation

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA Ill -- The Illinois Senate voted 34 to 20 in favor of House Bill 1247 which would ban the use of cell phones for drivers.

The proposal says drivers must use hands-free devices or speaker-phone features.

Police would be able to ticket drivers holding a cell phone except during emergencies.

Dozens of Illinois communities have already banned the use of talking on cell phones while driving, but how do drivers in Central Illinois feel about it?

"Personally I don't think it's a bad idea," said East Peoria resident, Brianne Kulik. "I'm not going to lie I use my phone sometimes when I'm driving, but I use speaker phone more than anything."

"I think if they are going to go that way, they need to go a step higher and eliminate a few other things, as well," said Hanna City resident, Jennifer Crowe. "I do think it is a huge issue."

The bill still needs to go back to the House for consideration of a ticketing amendment.

If approved it will then be sent to Governor Pat Quinn for final approval.