Illinois motorists may soon have to put down the phone when traveling past emergencies.   A bill that would ban drivers from using cell phones around accidents passed the Illinois House Friday. The ban includes taking photos or shooting video. Hands-free devices are exempt.


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State Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithton), a former policeman, says he understands the dangers.   “So I would challenge anyone who has not been a police officer or who has not done a traffic stop to pull over on the Dan Ryan expressway (I-94 in Chicago), put your hazards on, step outside your car and see how safe you feel,” Costello says.   Opponents say it would be a hard law to enforce and that it would become redundant if another bill completely banning drivers from using cell phones becomes law.


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