House passes cellphone ban for Illinois drivers

Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012 5:04 p.m.CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2012 5:06 p.m.CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Using a cellphone while driving would be illegal under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois House.

The proposal would make an exception for drivers who use some sort of hands-free device to make calls. There's also an exception for emergencies.

The bill passed 62-53 on Thursday and moves to the Senate. State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, voted against the measure.

Lawmakers who oppose the bill complain that it would make Illinois a "nanny state."

Using a cellphone while driving would be a moving violation, like a speeding ticket. Three moving violations in a year and drivers can lose their license.

Chicago has had a similar ban for years.

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The bill is HB3972.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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