Illinois has drawn closer to joining the list of states that have banned all handheld cellphone usage at the wheel. Yesterday, the measure received the approval of the State Senate, paving the way for the bill to be heard anew in front of the House. The matter was previously approved by that legislative body, but because the Senate amended the measure to state that first offenses can’t be designated as a moving violation, the House must conduct another vote. If passed and signed by the Governor, offenders can expect to face a $75 fine. 70 localities throughout the state have already put their own bans on cellphone driving on the books, but such a statewide ban would make Illinois the 12 state to pass such a measure.
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