Cell Phone Ban
It has been almost a month since the cell phone ban went into effect at 26th and California – and business is brisk outside the courthouse where an entrepreneur has set up a storage locker on wheels.
If you have to be at the Criminal Court building at 26th and California today, you’re advised to leave your cellphone at home or in your car.
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday defended the decision to begin implementing a ban on cell phones and other electronic communication at courthouses, saying he’s concerned about witnesses being intimidated, or worse.
Following a three-month grace period, Cook County will begin phasing in a ban on cell phones and other Internet-capable electronic devices at courthouses next week, starting with the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.
Officials in Evanston are considering a ban on all cell phone calls while driving – even hands-free phones – believing they distract even the best of drivers.
Illinois drivers are not allowed to use hand-held cell phones in construction zones, but state lawmakers have learned the definition of “construction zone” isn’t all encompassing.