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Right, and wrong

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Pioneer Press
Editorial

Patchwork law-making is not a good idea. We have a right to assume that what is legal behavior in one town doesn't become a crime once we cross the border into another community.

So, the Cook County Board is right, and wrong, to consider passing a law that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in Cook County.

A law may be needed to ban the use of cell phones while driving -- all cell phones, not just hand-held phones. But a county ban probably isn't the answer. It doesn't seem fair that a phone-yakking motorist drives into Cook County and gets nailed for doing what just a few feet ago was legal.

And the answer is not passing municipal laws. That would be even more chaotic.

The answer is a state law that bans the use of all cell phones while driving.

And it would be a good idea to include in this state law all forms of distracted driving.



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