Illinois Senate OKs cell-phone ban for teen drivers

| 4/26/2005

A bill designed to cut cell phone use by teens has been approved by the Illinois Senate.

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 approved by the full Senate on a 38-19 vote April 14. It is now before the House Transportation and Motor Vehicles Committee.