97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced 1/10/2012, by Rep. John D'Amico
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a person may not
operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic
communication device (rather than only prohibiting the composing, sending,
or reading of electronic messages while operating a vehicle) unless the
electronic communication device is used in hands-free or voice-activated
mode or one of 5 other limited exceptions apply.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
Section 12-610.2 as follows:
(625 ILCS 5/12-610.2)
Electronic communication devices.
(a) As used in this
communication device" means an electronic device, including
but not limited to a wireless telephone, personal digital
assistant, or a portable or mobile computer
while being used
for the purpose of composing, reading, or sending an electronic
but does not include a global positioning system or
navigation system or a device that is physically or
electronically integrated into the motor vehicle.
"Electronic message" means a self-contained piece of
digital communication that is designed or intended to be
transmitted between physical devices. "Electronic message"
includes, but is not limited to electronic mail, a text
message, an instant message, or a command or request to access
an Internet site.
(b) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway
while using an electronic communication device