Oak Park Proposes Ban on Distracted Driving

Trustee wants to ban eating, drinking, applying makeup and talking on the phone while behind the wheel

By Lacey McCraney
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:39 AM CDT
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Oak Park Proposes Ban on Distracted Driving

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.

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