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Illinois Close To Passing More Cell Phone Use Restrictions

Posted by wlpo on March 2, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois House has approved a measure that would prohibit using cell phones while driving.

The 64-46 vote Friday moves the bill to the state Senate for consideration. The law would force drivers to use hands-free devices or speakerphone features for calls while driving. State Representative Frank Mautino voted against the law while State Rep. Pam Roth of Morris was absent during yesterday’s vote.

Police would be able to stop and ticket drivers holding a cell phone except during emergency situations. Opponents say the bill is unfair to individuals with hearing problems and those who cannot afford high-tech phones.

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