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.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the original bill, but makes the following changes: (1) specifies that the term "electronic communication device" includes a hand-held wireless telephone and a hand-held personal digital assistant (instead of wireless telephone and personal digital assistant); (2) provides that an exception for the prohibition on the use of an electronic communication device applies to a driver using an electronic communication device in hands-free or voice-operated (instead of voice-activated) mode and that voice-operated mode may include the use of a headset; (3) provides that the Section concerning electronic communication devices does not apply to a driver using certain radio communication services or to a driver who presses a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication or to a driver using an electronic communication device capable of performing multiple functions for a purpose that is not otherwise prohibited; and (4) provides that a person who violates the Section concerning electronic communication devices shall be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.
House Floor Amendment No. 3 Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of House Amendment No. 1, but separately exempts drivers using two-way or citizens band radio services and drivers using two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers for licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the amateur radio service.