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Quinn signs statewide cell phone driving ban

Hands-free cellphones for drivers may not be attention-getter Anyone driving a car should be careful, responsive and alert behind the wheel. Related Talking and driving Quinns signature means Illinois will join the ranks of about a dozen other states with similar restrictions and will allow drivers to operate under a cell phone safety uniform ban instead of a confusing patchwork of local laws that vary from town to town. Illinois already prohibits texting while driving. Violators will be fined $75 for a first offense, but could pay as much as $150 for repeat offenses as well as face a moving violation on their driving record. Three moving violations within a year could lead to a drivers license being suspended. Drivers still could legally make calls on hand-held phones in the case of an emergency. While supporters contend the law will cut down on distracted driving, opponents argue the burden should fall on drivers to make sure they are safe on the roads, not police who will be required to enforce the law.
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Many 911 cellphone calls lack location information, study finds

Document: CalNENA report on 911 location data The program, known as ConnectEd, aims to increase high-speed Internet access in schools, providing students with digital notebooks and teachers with the ability to customize lessons like never before, the Utah Standard-Examiner puts it. Getty Images. The program is expected to cost billions of dollars and the White House hopes to fund it by increasing fees on mobile users. The program is expected to cost somewhere between $4 and $6 billion, the Standard-Examiner reports, adding that the plan should cost cellphone users roughly $12 in fees over three years.
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Obama?s Little-Known Plan to Bypass Congress and Impose a New Fee on All Cellphone Users

Whos Ready For Obamas Plan to Bypass Congress And Impose Fees on All Cellphone Users? However, the share of calls for help coming from land-line phones fell sharply over the last decade as cellphone use skyrocketed. Wireless calls now account for approximately 70% of all 911 calls nationwide, a total near 400,000 each day, according to industry and government figures. Also on the rise are the number of wireless 911 calls made indoors, where no official standards exist for how to determine a caller's location. The Federal Communications Commission has convened industry leaders to help test new rules. A March report concluded that developing a solution could take years to roll out to the public.
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