Under the proposed bill, a person caught streaming video while driving could be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense and up to $150 for offenses that follow.

Senate Bill 86 was introduced by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) earlier this year and clarifies the existing law to prohibit a driver from using a phone to watch or stream video.

Under Stadelman’s proposed bill, a driver caught streaming video while driving will be fined a maximum of $75 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third offense and $150 for a fourth or subsequent offense.

State Rep. Maurice West II (D-Rockford) was a supporter of the proposed legislation.

“It’s easier more than ever to watch Netflix or YouTube on your phone, but it should absolutely never happen while you are the driver of a vehicle,” said West in a press release. “When driving, you need to be mindful of the safety of those around you.”

If you're worried about using your GPS or navigation system, relax. The proposed bill doesn't cover those.

There's no doubt a crack-down on distracted driving is sorely needed, but if lawmakers are really serious about putting a stop to it, they should consider adding zeros to the proposed fines. $750 for a first offense, $1000 for the 2nd, $1250 for the 3rd, and how about a nice, round, $5000 for those who show they don't care about what the law is.

That kind of money is what you call "an attention getter."

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