Enacting a New Section 10-3-13 of the Evanston City Code,
“Use of Mobile Telephones While Operating a Motor Vehicle”
NOW BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
EVANSTON, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS:
SECTION 1: That Title 10, Chapter 3 of the Evanston City Code of
1979, as amended, is hereby further amended by the enactment of a new Section 13
to read as follows:
10-3-13: USE OF MOBILE TELEPHONES WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE
Definitions: For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall be applicable:
“Hands-free device” shall mean an external device that connects to a
mobile telephone that allows the user to engage in a telephone call without touching the
user’s mobile telephone.
“Mobile telephone” shall mean a cellular, analog, wireless, or digital
telephone capable of sending or receiving telephone messages without an access line
“On-board communications device” shall mean a communications system
or device that is hard-wired into the motor vehicle.
“Use” shall mean talking or listening to another person, text messaging,
sending, reading or listening to an electronic message, or browsing the internet.
Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (C) of this Section, no person shall
operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile telephone.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
Any person using a mobile telephone or on-board communications device
for non-personal use in the course of ordinary business in their employment with a City,
State or Federal agency or authority;
Any person using a hands free device for voice communication, provided
that such person does not touch the mobile telephone connected to such hands free
device while operating or using the vehicle;
Any person using a mobile telephone to call 911 or other emergency
telephone numbers to contact public safety forces;
Any person using a mobile telephone w