Texting behind the wheel could mean a $75 ticket, and three of those in a year could cost motorists their driver's licenses under legislation passed by the state Senate Tuesday.That plan was the centerpiece of a safe-driving push at the Statehouse, where senators also approved a measure to bar cell-phone use while driving in school and construction zones.Passed 45-6, the anti-texting plan pushed by Secretary of State Jesse White is aimed at reducing distracted driving, particularly among young motorists.Meanwhile, the Senate killed legislation that would compel motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks at all times and a measure to expand use of speed cameras in school, hospital and park zones.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Today, I went from my home to the Maywood Courthouse, from the Maywood Courthouse to a nearby destination in Oak Park, from Oak Park to a far flung Logan Square sandwich shop, and from that Logan Square sandwich shop (on the western border of the city) back downtown. How did I do this? I relied exclusively on the GPS available on my phone. I did not make a single bad turn or false start. Curious readers may wonder if I was distracted while reading right turns and left turns from off of my phone while I drove?
Yesterday, the Illinois Senate voted overwhelmingly to band texting while driving, but they specifically carved out an exception for getting directions via GPS on the phone:
So we single out texting, but no mandatory stop by motorists for pedestrians in crosswalks. What on earth were they thinking about in Springfield?
Posted by Law Office of Ava George Stewart, P.C. at 6:00 AM