ss34sStadelman seeks to stop motorists from watching videos while they drive

As smart phones get smarter and streaming speeds get faster, legislation intended to protect motorists from distracted drivers streaming videos while they drive was passed out of the Illinois Senate by State Senator Steve Stadelman.

“A person driving 70 miles per hour who looks down at their phone for 5 seconds has traveled over 150 yards,” Stadelman said. “The amount of damage and danger you can cause in that distance is far too great for us to not do anything.”

Senate Bill 86 clarifies that drivers may not use electronic devices to stream videos while they are driving. While the current hands-free law is often looked at mostly as a ban on the use of cell phones, it also includes tablets, laptops, video games and pagers. The ability to do what was once confined to home life – such as watching TV – has become an anytime, anywhere pursuit. It's estimated more than half of all Americans watch video on their smartphones.

According to the Center for Disease Control, nine people are killed every day in the United States from distracted driving. Additionally, 37 percent of unsafe driving behavior monitored by the EverQuote’s EverDrive app was caused by phone use.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives.

State assists with flooding in Machesney Park
State Senator Steve Stadelman participated in news conference at Machesney Park Village Hall, where the Winnebago County Board Chairman and Sheriff declared a disaster emergency along the Rock River. "Some 200 homes in Machesney Park alone are impacted by flooding," Stadelman said. "Property owners along the river need to be aware and plan for potential evacuations." Illinois Governor JB Pritzker subsequently toured flooded parts of Winnebago and Stephenson counties, announcing the state already was providing 234,000 sandbags, 125 rolls of plastic, 16 pumps and Illinois Department of Corrections crews to fill sandbags.   

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It was great to introduce on the Senate floor the FIRST EVER Miss Winnebago County Fair Queen to be crowned Miss Illinois County Fair Queen! Alexi Bladel, of Rockford, talked about empowering women in agriculture through education and encouragement. Right now, she's studying Fire Science at Rock Valley College.

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Bob Miller I like the way you do business Senator Steve. You keep it local. Your doing a good job!


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