I can’t stress this enough: I am very much pro-law enforcement. They keep us safe. But I’m even more in favor of law enforcement officers obeying the laws they want the rest of us to obey. That’s only reasonable and fair.
Illinois banned driving while talking on a cell phone in 2013, and the law took effect at the beginning of 2014.
A driver who zooms down the road with one hand on the wheel and the other propping a cellphone against an ear soon could find that choice a costly one — a new state law taking effect Wednesday bans the use of hand-held devices while driving in Illinois.
Motorists still can chat and drive, but only if they use hands-free technology such as a Bluetooth device, earpiece, headset or speakerphone. Otherwise, they’ll need to put it in park or face fines that start at $75.
Do you see a police officer exemption in that? I don’t.
This trucker in Illinois honked at a police officer he saw speeding, in wet conditions, while the officer was talking on a cell phone. The officer pulled the trucker over and proceeded to lie about the cell phone ban, until the trucker points something out: That he is recording the officer on video. Watch the police-man’s tune change remarkably quickly.
I’m not a fan of Guy Fawkes or the masks that look like him, but in this case, it’s a nice touch.