SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — A state lawmaker doesn’t want drivers to stop and take pictures or videos of vehicle accidents.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, a measure to ban that practice has passed an Illinois House committee.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Your Way?
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The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville), says amateur photographers often get in the way of emergency personnel.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Melvina Bogard Charged With Aggravated Battery, Official Misconduct In 2020 Shooting Of Ariel Roman At CTA Red Line Station
“Putting your cell phone over the firemen’s shoulders as he’s using the jaws of life, maybe to get your grandmother of the front seat of her car while she’s bleeding,” Holbrook said. “You never know with these things. These are horrendous situations for individuals.”
Holbrook says accident victims would still be able to take pictures for insurance purposes.MORE NEWS: Northbound Lanes Reopen On I-65 In Jasper County After Crash Involving Semi Truck
But the bill says no person may use a wireless device within 500 feet of an accident, except for specified purposes.