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February 2013 Archives

Illinois Attempts To Ban Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

Illinois is again considering becoming one of the handful of states that ban the use of hand-held cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. The majority of states, including Illinois, already ban texting while driving as a behavior associated with distracted driving accidents. A proposal to ban hand-held cell phone use was defeated in Senate last year. A new proposal was endorsed by a state House committee earlier this month. If the bill is passed by the full House, it will go to the state Senate where a similar bill was defeated last year.

Traffic Deaths On The Rise

Fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents rose from 2004 to 2005. Since that time, U.S. car crash deaths have dropped steadily. Estimates from 2012 show that trend may have come to an end. According to the National Safety Council, car crashes claimed some 36,200 lives in 2012. That would represent a five percent increase over 2011. While no single factor can account for the change, the NSC report suggested that an increase in the total number of miles driven may explain an increase in traffic deaths.

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