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Council votes to limit drivers’ cell phone use

Evanston aldermen Monday voted to ban drivers from using cell phones except with a hands-free device.

The measure, proposed by Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, was approved by the Human Services Committee earlier this month.

Evanston aldermen Monday voted to ban drivers from using cell phones except with a hands-free device.

The measure, proposed by Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, was approved by the Human Services Committee earlier this month.

The new ordinance, subject to a final vote at the council’s next meeting, would bring Evanston’s cell phone rules in line with those already in place in Chicago.

The ordinance was supported at Monday’s meeting by two representatives of local bicycle groups, who said distracted driving by cell phone users poses a major safety threat to cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. No one spoke in opposition to it.

Government workers and persons dialing 911 would be exempt from the ban, and it would still be legal for a driver to use a cell phone in a parked car.

The text of the ordinance is available online.

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