Highland Park Approves Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (WBBM) — North suburban Highland Park has now joined Chicago and Evanston in banning hand-held cell phone calls while driving.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, the Highland Park City Council voted 4 to 3 to ban hand-held cell calls, but still allow hands-free calls while driving.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Highland Park Mayor Michael Belsky says citizens surveyed wanted the ban, although he’d like to see it statewide rather than just in Highland Park.

“It’s easier to implement on a statewide level than community by community, but we felt we should exhibit some leadership in this regard,” Belsky said.

Belsky says Highland Park police will start enforcing the hand-held cell phone ban June 1 with a $50 ticket for the first offense.

  • Vicky

    Highland Park is a mini corrupt nanny state. What a dump! They are probably looking for ways to finance the repair of their infrastructure. They tax the hell out of the residents and their police force is worthless.

    • Reginald Whinikker III

      Granted, Highland Park is no Lake Forest, but I wouldn’t exactly describe it as a “dump.” I’d say it successfully manages to maintain it’s position as an affluent North Shore suburb.

    • Mo'Sherra

      Sister, you must be crazy wealthy to call Highland Park a “dump”! Where do you live? Bel Air???

    • Andrew Belsky

      Vicky, I’m going to go out on a limb and say you have never studied local tax policy, and would not know that local taxes (almost all from property) directly result in strong infrastructure, good schools and good public services (police and fire). While the tax burden is high, the benefit of strong local services is higher property values. How novel- a tax that actually works! Maybe I’m biased, but my Dad runs Highland Park very well. In fact, he was able to successfully secure ARRA money for our infrastructure, and has maintained a triple-A credit rating on all general obligation debt. I can imagine that you’d do a better job though.

  • Ira

    LOL. I drive through HP all the time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman driver in HP that wasn’t talking on her phone while driving.

  • bigjim

    Hey Ira. I agree with you but keep it to myself or my wife would kill meLOL.

  • Roberta Waker

    It SHOULD be a statewide ban. A driver with a cell phone TWO blocks away from his house almost killed me and my husband. If we weren’t rushed to the ER, I would have shoved it down his ear.

  • Howie

    But we can still text and drive, right?

  • Jon

    Looks like Chicago, Evanston, and now Highland Park are the only cities with brains!!! This should be at the very least a Statewide ban. Cell phones and driving don’t mix, even with a bluetooth. Most people simply cannot handle all of this technology.

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