A bill passed by the House last Friday to ban drivers from talking on handheld phones now awaits committee action in the Senate, reports the State Journal-Register.
Democrats Kelly Burke and Fran Hurley voted in favor of the measure.
76 Illinois communities already have bans on using handheld phones while driving.
Currently, as much as 80 percent of wireless subscribers talk on their cell phones while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
If the bill passes committee and floor action in the senate, it will go to Gov. Pat Quinn for final approval.
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