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July 25, 2001

Ryan Signs Legislation Allowing for Hands-Free Cellular Phone Use in Motor Vehicles

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 10, making it legal for drivers to use earpieces and single-sided headsets in conjunction with their cell or mobile phones while driving.

"As a result of this legislation, travel on Illinois' roads will become safer for everyone. Drivers can still enjoy the freedom and mobility they have come to expect with cellular telephones, but now can devote both their hands to driving," Gov. Ryan said.

Prior to Gov. Ryan's approval of this bill, the use of headsets while driving was reserved exclusively for emergency, safety and law enforcement personnel. Consequently, the majority of Illinois drivers must hold their cellular or mobile phone, leaving only one hand free to drive with-a situation that many consider distracting and dangerous.

"Cell phones are advantageous for reporting emergencies immediately, and now using them will be even safer," Gov. Ryan added.

House Bill 10 was sponsored by Representatives Robert J. Bugielski, D-Chicago; Mary Lou Cowlishaw, R-Naperville; Ralph Capparelli, D-Chicago; Terry Parke, R-Hoffman Estates; and Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville. Senate sponsors include Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora; Kathleen Parker, R-Northbrook; and John Cullerton, D-Chicago.


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