ways to prepare for possible ban on cell use while driving

By Alyssa Donovan

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM CDT

A bill to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving awaits approval from Governor Quinn.
If the bill becomes law… that doesn't mean your car conversations are kaput.

A survey released on Monday by State Farm reports 75% of teen crashes are caused by driver error and 49% of teens with a license admit to texting while driving.

Illinois State Trooper Dustin Pierce said, "I think there are a lot more crashes related to distracted driving that are not reported well. So I think the distracted driving crashes throughout the United States are way higher than they suggest. And some of that may be they are unable to show that that distraction caused the crash."

While cell phones are not the only distraction to blame, they are at the top of the list.

11 states already require the use of hands free devices while driving and Illinois may be next.

The bill banning the use of hand-held cell phones awaits the approval of Governor Quinn.

More than 70 local governments throughout Illinois already require the use of hands free devices while behind the wheel.

But that doesn't mean you can't make or take a call while you're driving.

Mike Bowermaster at Bob Lindsay Honda says "The majority of our cars have Bluetooth now. The advantage for our customers is that they can be driving down the road and push a button to answer the phone while they are driving."

Bowermaster says by next year Bluetooth will be a standard feature on all of their cars.

And many car dealers, like Bob Lindsay, will set up the Bluetooth for you when you purchase the car.

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