Illinois Senate passes ban on cellphones while driving

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Illinois Senate passes ban on cellphones while driving

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to approve a bill that would ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.

House Bill 1247 passed the Senate by a 34-20 vote. The Illinois House approved the bill in March. However, the bill must now be sent back to the House for consideration due to an amendment that deals with ticketing for those violate the law multiple times.

Under the proposal, drivers would be required to use an electronic communication device “in hands-free or voice-operated mode, which may include the use of a headset”.

Drivers would still be able to use a hand-held device to report an emergency.

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