The Evanston, Illinois city council adds to growing list of government entities restricting the use of cell phones while driving. The ordinance went into effect yesterday, which bans the use of cell phones while driving and also bans texting while driving, web browsing, reading and sending electronic messages, and listening to voicemail messages while driving.
There is obviously a growing trend in Illinois as a statewide ban on texting while driving became effective on January 1.
The ordinance allows the use of cell phones only if the driver is using a hands-free device. Each violation carries a $50 fine. If someone is involved in an auto accident while using a hand-held phone, the fine shoots up to a maximum of $200.