The Illinois House has once again voted to ban the use of cell phones while driving. The legislation would prohibit holding a cell phone up to your ear while driving, but it would still be legal to use a speakerphone or headset, and to make calls to emergency personnel:
"There are elements of Big Brother in this bill. There's no way that you can get around that."
Representative David Harris is a Republican from Arlington Heights. Many legislators echoed those concerns, and pointed out all the other dangerous things people do behind the wheel that would still be legal: eating, shaving, putting on makeup, yelling at their kids, but Harris is actually a co-sponsor of the legislation. He says public safety outweighs other concerns:
"Our job is to try to make the roadways as safe as possible. It is known that distracted driving is unsafe."
The measure passed 64-46 and now heads to the Senate. A similar proposal made it this far last year, but never became law.
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