Lawmaker In Report: Don’t Expect Statewide Cell Phone Ban Anytime Soon

CHICAGO (CBS) — A statewide ban on cell phone use while driving could change your commute forever, but state Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says it won’t be happening yet.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, Cullerton tells the Chicago Tribune a statewide ban does not have the support to pass in the Illinois General Assembly right now.

But he said eventually, a statewide ban is “inevitable,” and spoke in support of such a ban, telling the Tribune there is no question that cell phone use while driving is a “distraction.”

The National Transportation Safety Board last month recommended a comprehensive ban on all cell phone use while driving, even with a hands-free device.

The City of Chicago has banned cell phone use while driving since 2005, but permits use with hands-free devices.

  • Roberta Waker

    When someone in THEIR family is killed by some idiot distracted by a cell phone, this law will pass the next day. Too bad someone has to die to get their attention and support for this much needed STATEWIDE law.

    • Jim Hamilton

      Agreed with you there Roberta and we may as well go for a full federal law prohibiting it in all states. I would like to know that I’m protected from these inconsiderate phone addicts no matter where I drive

  • Martin

    As long as they include supposed hands-free devices too. The science used to show the dangerousness of a regular cell phone is showing that the hands-free ones are just as bad at distracting drivers.

  • Micheal Savage

    I blame the Democratic black irishman politicians for this nonsense happening on the roads of this state and country.

  • Lisa K

    I disagree with banning a hands free device. What is the difference between talking to a passenger in your vehicle and talking through a blue tooth enabled device in the vehicle? It makes no sense. Next they will try and ban talking to passengers in a vehicle!

    • Martin

      What’s the difference between eating a burger, drining a soda, or changing the radio station and talking on a phone? Ban those items simply because they are in one’s hand while driving?

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