April 3, 2008

Lawmakers propose crosswalk cell phone ban

040308cross.jpg_20080403_01_15_12_180-116-165.jpeg State legislators may pass a bill that fines pedestrians for using cell phones while crossing the street, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

"The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Kenneth Dunkin (D-Chicago), isn't anywhere close to becoming law, but it's drawing a host of reactions -- from outrage to ridicule to grudging acceptance.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he's behind the basic concept of the bill, although he thinks it should only be used to punish those who use their phones while jaywalking.

... Mayor Daley has often said he's not a fan of government intruding into people's lives, but he did not slam the door Wednesday on the controversial proposal.

"People have to understand, a lot of people are getting injured and killed by cars in pedestrian walks," the mayor said. "It's a safety factor. So, like anything else, you have to use common sense if you're walking across.""

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