Oak Park Proposes Ban on Distracted Driving
Trustee wants to ban eating, drinking, applying makeup and talking on the phone while behind the wheel
Updated at 10:39 AM CST on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011
An Oak Park village trustee wants to crack down on distracted drivers.
Trustee Colette Lueck told the village board Thursday evening she wants to ban eating, drinking, applying makeup and talking on the phone while behind the wheel, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Lueck called the proposed ban "an issue of public safety." She said it isn't government overreach, that the government is protecting people.
If passed, Oak Park would join a number of communities in the Chicago area that have enacted distracted driving ordinances.
Texting while driving is already illegal in the state of Illinois. Experts say if approved, this would be the first law of its kind.