bill designed to cut cell phone use by teens is a step closer to approval in
by Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, the bill, SB210, would prohibit any person
who has a driver’s permit or a graduated license from using a cell phone while
driving. The bill would allow use of the phones in emergencies, such as calling
police or an ambulance.
many similar bills, the measure does not make an exception for phones used in
conjunction with a “hands-free” device.
amended so that it applies only to drivers under age 18, the bill was
unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee March 16; it is now
awaiting a final vote in the Senate before moving on to the House.