Teen driver cell phone ban moves forward in Illinois

| 3/28/2005

A bill designed to cut cell phone use by teens is a step closer to approval in Illinois

Introduced 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.

Unlike many similar bills, the measure does not make an exception for phones used in conjunction with a “hands-free” device.

Recently 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.