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HB 1247 - Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving - Key Vote

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Lou Lang voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving

Signed by Governor Pat Quinn
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (69-48) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that prohibits an individual from using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from using a handheld electronic device in any capacity while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway, whereas current law prohibits only composing or reading a text message (Sec. 5).
  • Exempts an individual from the provisions of this bill in the following situations (Sec. 5):
    • The individual is using a headset, two-way radio, or citizens band radio;
    • The individual presses a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication; 
    • The individual is using an electronic communication device capable of performing multiple functions, other than a mobile phone or personal digital assistant.
  • Establishes the following maximum fines for an individual who is found in violation of the provisions of this bill (Sec. 5):
    • a fine of $75 for the first offense;
    • a fine of $100 for the second offense;
    • a fine of $125 for the third offense; and
    • a fine of $150 for the fourth and subsequent offenses.
  • Specifies that a second or subsequent violation of this bill is considered a moving violation (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (34-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits an individual from using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from using a handheld electronic device in any capacity while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway, whereas current law prohibits only composing or reading a text message (Sec. 5).
  • Exempts an individual from the provisions of this bill in the following situations (Sec. 5):
    • The individual is using a headset, two-way radio, or citizens band radio;
    • The individual presses a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication; 
    • The individual is using an electronic communication device capable of performing multiple functions, other than a mobile phone or personal digital assistant.
  • Establishes the following maximum fines for an individual who is found in violation of the provisions of this bill (Sec. 5):
    • a fine of $75 for the first offense;
    • a fine of $100 for the second offense;
    • a fine of $125 for the third offense; and
    • a fine of $150 for the fourth and subsequent offenses.
  • Specifies that a second or subsequent violation of this bill is considered a moving violation (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (64-46) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits using an electronic handheld device while operating a motor vehicle.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an individual from using an electronic handheld device in any capacity while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway, whereas current law prohibits only composing or reading a text message (Sec. 5).
  • Exempts a driver from the provisions of the bill in the following circumstances, including but not limited to (Sec. 5):
    • The driver is using a headset, two-way radio, or citizens band radio;
    • The driver presses a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication; or
    • The driver is using an electronic communication device capable of performing multiple functions, other than a mobile phone or personal digital assistant. 
  • Establishes the following maximum fines for an individual who is found in violation of the provisions of the bill (Sec. 5):
    • $75 for the first offense;
    • $100 for the second offense;
    • $125 for the third offense; and
    • $150 for the fourth and subsequent offense.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving

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