Ban on hand-helds while driving – here’s the 411

The Illinois House voted Thursday to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, and IAR wants to hear from its members what you think about this potential rule change.

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HB3972 provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device (rather than only prohibiting the composing, sending, or reading of electronic messages while operating a vehicle) unless the electronic communication device is used in hands-free or voice-activated mode.

Exceptions would apply to a driver using a cell phone in hands-free or voice-operated (instead of voice-activated) mode and that voice-operated mode may include the use of a headset. Drivers could still use their hand-held phones if they are parked on the shoulder of a roadway or when the vehicle is stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.

The legislation passed 62-53 in the House and now moves to the Senate. Several Illinois cities already have some sort of ban on cell phones for motorists. If signed into law, Illinois would become the 10th state to ban use of cell phones while driving. Violators would be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

Is this a good idea? Please leave a comment.

7 thoughts on “Ban on hand-helds while driving – here’s the 411

  1. I DO NOT support this. Illinois is just running out of money and is looking for revenue.
    How about drivers with their “cute little dog” in their lap while driving? Drivers who go through the drive through and “have dinner on the road” these “dash board diners” are dangerous too. The state knows everyone uses cell phones while driving – they know it’s a good source of income… Ever see a state issued sign on the road that says: “dial *55 from your phone to report drunk drivers”? The state encouraged this…. I am against texting – but not using my Apple ear bud to take an incoming call. I always wait till I am at a long traffic light to call out – or wait till I am stopped…. this is just HIGHWAY ROBBERY FROM THE STATE…. Cops have Lap Tops mounted in the front seat.

  2. If the law is applicable to both civilians and those who serve the public, ie Police Officers, Firemen, Rescue personell etc…Yes I agree but you know as well as I do
    that won’t happen. What’s the difference between receiving a phone call and talking on a two way radio. If you ban one source of distraction, ban them all..

  3. I do not support this bill. I have not read the entire bill but did see that this bill also would disallow the use of an ear bud for hands free talking. This is a violation of privacy and choice. We have far too many laws that supposedly are meant to keep an individuual safe from his or herself. Isn’t it time we give responsibility for individual behavior back to the individual?

  4. Although I have used my cell phone while driving, I am not concerned about the passing of this law. Twenty-Eight years ago, when I first became licensed as a Real Estate Broker, we did not have cell phones or faxes, yet we were able to successfully communicate and deliver offers, documents to our clients, cooperating agents and attorneys. Cell phones and faxes are, indeed, a great asset in today’s real estate market, but I am of the opinion that technology, as great as it is, has resulted in the desire for “instant gratification” by our customers and clients. I see nothing wrong with pulling over to the side of the road or going into a parking area to use your cell phone.

  5. I would not use a cell or anyother devise while driving, law or no law, however IL law allready requires that you keep both hands on the wheel except to perform other operations ie: shifting, turning on lights etc.

  6. This bill needs more study. If the police read computer laptops and use cell phones while driving why can’t I. We need to allow reasonable use of electronic devices while limiting excessive texting. Our Illinois legislature needs to work on the budget and corruption and leave me alone! Out state is the laughing stock of the nation.

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