Texting while driving: Illinois House...

Texting while driving: Illinois House backs ban aimed at distra...

There are 128 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Texting while driving: Illinois House backs ban aimed at distra.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Sending text messages, downloading ring tones and surfing the Web while driving would be banned under legislation the House approved Wednesday as lawmakers decried what they said was a growing epidemic of fatal accidents caused by distracted driving.

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Oskee Wow Wow

Mattoon, IL

#1 Apr 1, 2009
25 feet off the road?

It was a tragic event, but 25 feet from Route 130 in Urbana would be in a corn field.

And no offense, that's why you don't ride your bike down a highway in the first place.

That kid was riding on the two-foot wide shoulder of Route 130 when that stupid girl left the road and tried to get back on the road and killed him. Is she guilty? I hope she *never* has a driver's license again.

We need to also make "riding one's bike on a highway" against the law. You can't ride a bike on the interstate system, after all...
Nate

United States

#2 Apr 1, 2009
I'm sorry, but I'm flabbergasted and amazed that any legislative body would ever be forced to consider creating actual laws against such obvious acts of stupidity.
is this going to help

Springfield, IL

#3 Apr 1, 2009
I hope this deters texting while driving, but I've been on my cell phone countless times while driving and never been pulled over. The police should enforce the laws they pass.
Another thing is it might be difficult to distinguish between dialing while using a headset vs. texting or surfing.
bob

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 1, 2009
is it just me, or is this a dumb law...what ever happened to common sense?
SameOld

Gary, IN

#5 Apr 1, 2009
Now if they could just enforce the cell phone ban then we'd all be safer. At least 40 or 50% of drivers are on the phone around Chicago. The law just does not deter. We should raise the fines to $2000 or $4000 if you talk with kids in the car. Then use that money to lower everybody else's taxes. Let the lawbreaker idiots pay for our stuff.
GSs

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 1, 2009
I commend the IL GA for backing the ban on mobile texting while driving bill.

How are they going to enforce the law when municipalities (such as Chicago) haven't begun seriously enforcing local "handsets talking" bans already on the books?

At least police officers can see a motorist speaking into a handset in "plain view" for probable cause to conduct a stop. Yet it is never enforced.

My fave is when the motorist is engaged in deep (yet meaningless conversation) with the handset up to their ear and a cigarette is dangling from the other hand.
ecg

Waukegan, IL

#7 Apr 1, 2009
I'm all for enforced laws regulating the use of all facets of the cell phone while driving...But I do have a problem with the idea of banning use in a construction zone.

Why? There is a good chance that getting caught in the construction zone will cause one to run late while trying to get somewhere due to the back-up in traffic. And when running late, it is often necessary to call ahead and let it be known.

Otherwise, I wholehearted agree with the idea of the legislation!
Mike

Frankfort, IL

#8 Apr 1, 2009
While I support this bill, I'd much prefer seeing a "distracted driving" bill to nail people who 1) drive while reading a magazine, 2) drive while looking for something on the passenger seat, or 3) drive while looking at something on the back of their sunshade, which is what the last three people who ran me off the road were doing.
Dumb

Beecher, IL

#9 Apr 1, 2009
"Holbrook recounted how the victim's mother pulled him aside and asked, "Why don't we tell these kids that it's illegal to text?""

Why didn't you tell your kid that he shouldn't be doing that, that doing so would put him and others at risk? Just because it is illegal doesn't mean it won't happen. Another dumb law. Every time somebody dies as a result of stupidity, it is time to pass a law.
GSs

United States

#12 Apr 1, 2009
ecg:

Couldn't you use your hands free device to call ahead that you are running late?

Who are any of us kidding?

If anything the mobile handset has made motorists tardier than ever. It becomes an crutch for not planning travel ahead of time...leaving everything for the last minute, which then necessitates "calling to advise that one is running late."

I imagine that this texting ban will also apply to drivers (such as technicians and livery drivers) who operate a laptop computer keyboard while driving.
Pete

Chicago, IL

#13 Apr 1, 2009
ecg wrote:
I'm all for enforced laws regulating the use of all facets of the cell phone while driving...But I do have a problem with the idea of banning use in a construction zone.
Why? There is a good chance that getting caught in the construction zone will cause one to run late while trying to get somewhere due to the back-up in traffic. And when running late, it is often necessary to call ahead and let it be known.
Otherwise, I wholehearted agree with the idea of the legislation!
Fortunately, the construction zone ban is 100% unenforceable when a hands-free is used. Why do legislators keep passing junk laws like this?

Laws against distracted driving have been on the books for decades. Why can't they be used, regardless of the source of driver distraction?
luvjonas89

Saint Joseph, MI

#14 Apr 1, 2009
ths is bs i txt all time whn drvng n hav nvr hd acci
ecg

Waukegan, IL

#15 Apr 1, 2009
GSs wrote:
ecg:
Couldn't you use your hands free device to call ahead that you are running late?
Who are any of us kidding?
If anything the mobile handset has made motorists tardier than ever. It becomes an crutch for not planning travel ahead of time...leaving everything for the last minute, which then necessitates "calling to advise that one is running late."
I imagine that this texting ban will also apply to drivers (such as technicians and livery drivers) who operate a laptop computer keyboard while driving.
see copied quote from the article: "The text messaging ban is part of a package of changes pushed by Secretary of State Jesse White to cut down on distracted driving. House lawmakers also voted Wednesday to prohibit the use of cell phones while driving in school zones and construction zones—even for talking, White's office said."

Prohibit the use of cell phones while driving in school zones and construction zones-even for talking, to me that means NO PHONE USE WHATSOEVER, not even hands free ear pieces. No mention in that sentence permitting wireless devices...
eaderray

United States

#16 Apr 1, 2009
Dumb wrote:
"Holbrook recounted how the victim's mother pulled him aside and asked, "Why don't we tell these kids that it's illegal to text?""
Why didn't you tell your kid that he shouldn't be doing that, that doing so would put him and others at risk? Just because it is illegal doesn't mean it won't happen. Another dumb law. Every time somebody dies as a result of stupidity, it is time to pass a law.
Exactly. I was ROFLMAO when I read that part of the article. I'm going to give that mother the benefit of doubt and attribute her moronic comment to overwhelming grief.

This article reminds me of the 20 year old girl who lost her life on I-57 after losing control of her car due to an attempt at answering her cell phone.

Here's a tip for all drivers. TURN ALL YOUR PHONES OFF WHILE DRIVING! Your important calls can wait until you stop driving. Voice mail and text messages do not dissappear until you delete them. No law required.
Paul

United States

#17 Apr 1, 2009
For those who may have lost a loved one because of something so stupid, I apologize in advance, BUT...

This is just a waste of time to even discuss --- they wont enforce it. The only way people will 'get it" is if you normal people go up to those in their cars while waiting for a red light and on the phone to tell them to "Get off!"

Police wont do a thing to enforce this and the accidents will continue. Until the allow normal folks to enforce it, i.e., citizen's citation - it wont mean squat.
Tim

Hickory Hills, IL

#18 Apr 1, 2009
Yep, you're right. There is no exemption for wireless devices in the "no phone in school/construction zone" bill, HB 72.

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.as...
Tim

Hickory Hills, IL

#19 Apr 1, 2009
Sorry, I meant "no exemption for hands-free devices."
Pete

Chicago, IL

#20 Apr 1, 2009
Tim wrote:
Yep, you're right. There is no exemption for wireless devices in the "no phone in school/construction zone" bill, HB 72.
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.as...
Once again, this is 100% unenforceable.
ecg

Waukegan, IL

#21 Apr 1, 2009
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>Once again, this is 100% unenforceable.
There's a very simple way to enforce it...use signal blocking devices so no one in the area can get a cell signal. That would instantly stop all electronic communications in the relevant zone and force compliance.
Pete

Chicago, IL

#22 Apr 1, 2009
ecg wrote:
<quoted text>
There's a very simple way to enforce it...use signal blocking devices so no one in the area can get a cell signal. That would instantly stop all electronic communications in the relevant zone and force compliance.
That will happen when hell freezes over. When some state senator is traveling through a construction zone in his taxpayer-provided limo and can't get a cell signal, that would be the end of it.

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