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IL drivers may have to hang up in emergency zones

Tue, 29 May 2012 06:02:45 CDT

Drivers could soon be banned from talking on cell phones while going through an emergency zone. Illinois lawmakers sent the measure to the governor Monday. Anytime an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing, drivers would have to hang up and put their phone away. Representative Jerry Costello II, a Democrat from Smithton, sponsored the measure. He says drivers should be careful while navigating around emergency responders:


"I would challenge anyone who has not been a police officer or done a traffic stop, pull over on the Dan Ryan Expressway, put your hazards on, step outside of your car, and see how safe you feel."

The emergency zone would extend for 500 feet around the scene, and violators would have to pay a $75-dollar fine. The measure passed both the House and Senate and awaits the governor's decision.

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