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Alderman Wants Fines for Texting Drivers and Maybe Pedestrians, Too

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Alderman Wants Fines for Texting Drivers and Maybe Pedestrians, Too

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A powerful Chicago alderman wants to make sure drivers have two hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road or face stiff fines.

Alderman Ed Burke is looking to expand a law already on the books that bans drivers from talking on their cell phones. He wants to give cops the power to fine people $75 who text message or check their email while driving. But that’s just the beginning.

BURKE: There are other kinds of distracted driving issues, like people applying make up while they’re driving, actually reading newspapers. It’s amazing what people will do.

Burke says he might also consider a fine on pedestrians who send text messages while walking across the street.

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