In Springfield Illinois the vote was close among house members on whether to support a ban on cell phone use and driving. While we use the term Distracted Driving, most of us think of the major distractions such as cell phone use and texting and driving. Illinois already has a law on the books similar to Texas that says you can't use a cell phone in a school zone. If the law passes after it reaches the Illinois Senate and is signed into law by the governor, Illinois would be the 10th state in the Nation to totally ban cell phone use and driving by any means other than hands free cell phone use.
You know from my other posts that I support a ban of cell phone use and driving. I even support a ban on hands free use but I understand that I need to pick my battles carefully in an attempt to win the war today on Distracted Driving. People use their cars too much to expect that we will all simply put our phones away. As my kids say when it comes time to eating vegetables, "ain't gonna happen."
I mean to disrespect but here are a few of the objections lodged by Illinois house members. Rep. Rich Morthland said, “Out where I live we can drive miles without encountering another car on the road,” Rep. Morthland is a Republican from Cordova, Illinois. News flash representative Cordova, many of the collisions and accidents involving distracted driving are single car accidents. What you're saying here is that you want to use your phone because you think you can. If you get a chance to research any of the statistics in this area you will find that you are not hard wired to drive and use your cell phone at the same time. I realize you may not want to be bound to this because you don't think there is much traffic but the life you save may actually be your own.
Another Illinois representative said, “Although road safety is a top issue, this is something that should be common sense, not a law.” This is a quote from Rep. Adam Brown a Republican from Decatur. Yes, everyone agrees that it is good common sense to refrain from texting or using a cell phone and driving, yet at least 80% of the teenagers I speak with agree with you and continue to use their cell phones and drive. Why? It's an addiction. You can't cure an addiction with Common Sense. If you could, there would not be any alcoholics, drug users, sex addicts or in today's world "texters."
Just my two cents.
Go Illinois, I support you in banning cell phone use and driving. Even those that do it today agree that this is necessary to end the war on driver distraction.
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Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer