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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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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