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Illinois House approves banning cell phones while driving

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) -

A measure banning the use of cell phones while driving has passed the Illinois House.

Representatives voted 64 to 46 in favor of the measure, which would require drivers to use hands-free devices or speakerphone while behind the wheel. Drivers holding cell phones could be ticketed unless it is an emergency situation.

The measure's opponents say it is unfair to people who have hearing problems and those who cannot afford more expensive phones. Those in favor of the bill say it is a matter of public safety.

Texting while driving is illegal throughout Illinois and 76 communities in the state already ban talking on the phone behind the wheel.

The measure now moves to the Senate for approval.

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