Evanston Drivers Would Be Cell Phone-Free Under New Proposal

The Human Services Committee approved the idea Monday night. The full City Council will now take up the issue.

Evanston drivers could lose all cell phone privileges — including talking hands-free — if the City Council approves a proposal to ban all phone use while driving, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The Human Services Committee approved the idea Monday night, passing it along to the City Council for review, the article says.


Evanston passed an ordinance in 2009 that stipulates drivers use phones only with a hands-free device.

At year, Ald. Jane Grover (7th Ward), who submitted Monday night's proposed ban, said she supported a full ban on using phones while driving, but didn't know if it would have enough support to win approval.

“I don’t know if we would have enough votes to pass a ban on all cell phone use while driving,” Grover said at last year's Distracted Driving Summit at . “That’s the direction that I’d like to go, but I think getting there requires doing more education. You’ve got to bring people along. It’s baby steps.”

Read the full Sun-Times story here.

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jim March 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
they should continue to allow hands free useage. Does the proposed ban also include pewople on bikes using there devices while running stop signs and red lights
annie March 06, 2012 at 11:35 PM
People use their cell phones all the time while driving here. I see it everyday. I don't think banning cell phone use while driving, will make much of a difference.
Jim March 07, 2012 at 02:13 AM
How is talking hands free any different than having a conversation with someone else in the car. Maybe all talking while driving should be banned or perhaps an automatic gag in order to operate the vehicle or two hands on the wheel to operate the vehicle. Ah yes, we are going to solve all problems with a new law. That is like saying all food should be fried. Give me a break!
TAKH March 07, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Jim took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with the hands free law but a complete ban is ridiculous. Also, how would you enforce it. If you see my mouth moving maybe I'm singing with the radio or talking to my son in the backseat or just talking to myself about the over-regulation of me and the under regulation of wall street and the big companies.
Cyndi Gage March 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I'm sitting here in my office, looking out at traffic backed up at the light at Central & Central Park. At any given time I can see people talking to themselves. Are they singing? Are they on a hands-free device? Is there a little person in a car seat behind them? Are they just talking to themselves? What would be the criteria for the police stopping someone? I could just see this opening a whole bag of wiggly worms and potential lawsuits. I would say leave this alone and just work on the 'visible' violators. Please. There is enough government in every move we make. But if you want to pass a common sense law, I'm all for that! (from a person who has some common sense and who NEVER uses her cell phone while she's driving)
Jim March 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
By the way, the police use 2-way radios while they are driving and probably cell phones as well. Now let us see; if I see someone using a hand held phone while driving and I feel threatened by this, how far can I go to ameliorate the threat? That is why I drive very defensively, always yield right of way and within the speed limit. Anyone can do the same if they wish. Don't get in a hurry. If you are late, you are late. Think of a car as a 3500 pound bullet and treat them accordingly.
John Brinkmann March 08, 2012 at 05:50 AM
so if your singing along with the radio, your going to get pulled over---hmmmmm???---sounds like a sound law---(gads--only in Evanstoon)
victoria smith March 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Oh come on! I think that they should focus on all those lovely bikers that go through stop signs and red lights. They are a hazzard to no end!!! I thought that the city of Evanston put those bike paths along the curbs for a reason. Why aren't the racers using them? And why would you want a group of racers on Chicago Ave, Central Street Sheridan Road, and the list goes on for major streets that have allot of traffic. Cell phones?.....I see people talking on them all of the time and putting on mascara, combing their hair, reading a newspaper etc.. Are there any police pulling them over? I think not! Find something else Evanston, this is a waste of time.
Cyndi Gage March 09, 2012 at 03:57 PM
New city slogan: "The City That Bans Everything"
annie March 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I still think we can all get by without using cell phones when we drive. It really isn't a big deal.
jim March 10, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Annie since I very rarely use mine when in the car I can agree with you. But if the Council is considering distracted drivers as a souce of revenue they need to expand the picture and include other modes of getting from point A to point B. Such as bikers and walkers.
Jim March 10, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I agree that no phone use while driving in Evanston is no big deal. But the principle that an all-wise and beneficent city council will now protect us from distracted drivers is pure hokum is important and more dangerous than the drivers. Thank goodness that they recently protected us from short skirts on women by blocking the tilted kilt and preserving the look of post apocalypse in downtown Evanston.
TAKH March 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Once again OVER regulation of the average citizen who can do little in overall damage to others or the country and UNDER regulation of the financial institutions and big companies who can destroy the country's economy, our environment and ship our jobs overseas. Let's see what else we can play with that really means nothing while not working on what does seems to be the elected officials' mantra these days.


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