Skip to comments.Illinois passes legislation concerning cellphones
Posted on 06/13/2005 8:16:44 PM PDT by tahiti
For anyone younger than 18, it is time to hang up the phone.
During the Memorial Day holiday, Illinois became the latest state to pass legislation concerning the use of cellular telephones while driving.
The new law, which is still waiting on the signature of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been getting mixed reviews from the teenage drivers it will target and the law enforcement officials who must enforce it.
Under the new legislation, drivers who are 16 or 17 years old are banned from using the devices while operating a motor vehicle. If they are pulled over for some kind of traffic citation and are found to be under the age of 18 and using a cell phone, they will face fines of $50 and more. The ban also includes all hands-free devices such as a headsets and speakerphones.
Cahokia Police Chief Rick Watson said the new legislation is just a start, and thinks it will eventually expand to adults as well.
(Excerpt) Read more at stltoday.com ...
In Illinois, between primary seat belt legislation and eventual banning of adult cell phone use, it will not be long before driving an automobile at all will ban due to public safety.
God I am glad I do not live in Illinois.
I live in the once free state of Illinois.
I don't recall who once said, "no man's property is safe as long as the Legislature is in session". Its the camel's nose under the tent. First they ban something "for the children", next thing it applies to everyone. Look at the smoking ban as an example.