Cavaletto opposes cellphone ban

State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) voted against legislation presented last Thursday that would ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois. Despite his opposition, the cellphone ban was approved by the Illinois House.
“The problem we have in Illinois, and our nation, is government is too involved in our lives,” Cavaletto said.
“Banning cell phones won’t stop car accidents from taking place. People can still be distracted by eating, listening to the radio, putting on makeup or in a bunch of other ways,” he said.
“We need to stop worrying about the little things and start addressing the big problems like how we can grow our economy and bring jobs to our state.”
House Bill 1247 provides that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using a cellphone. However, the cellphone ban will allow drivers to use hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth headsets and hands free devices.
Exemptions are provided for use in emergency situations by public safety officials (such as police, fire, EMS), HAM radio operators and truckers that use C.B. radios that are not listed in Illinois’ current texting while driving ban (P.A. 96-130).
House Bill 1247 passed in a 64-46 vote; the bill awaits approval by the Senate.

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