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More Cellphone Restrictions Possible While Driving In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The flashing lights of a parked ambulance or other emergency vehicle may soon be a sign for
you to hang up the phone.

The limited cellphone ban goes to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. It passed in the House on Monday by 84-30. The legislation would make it illegal for drivers to make calls with a hand-held phone within 500 feet of an accident scene where emergency vehicles have flashing lights, except for reporting emergencies. It also bans sending picture and video messages while driving at any time.

Supporters say it would reduce the risk of careless drivers hitting accident victims or emergency personnel.  Opponents call the ban overregulation by the state.

State Senator Sue Rezin and State Representative Frank Mautino voted for the ban while Senator Darrin LaHood and Representative Pam Roth voted no.

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