• Proposals target tanning and cell phones

    by  • February 22, 2013 • News

    Citing studies confirming tanning beds are medically-proven to be carcinogenic to humans, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) has introduced legislation that would prohibit minors from using sunless tanning beds.
    Radono says according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of developing melanoma due to tanning bed use increases by 75 percent for people under age 35, and the British Medical Journal agrees the earlier people start tanning, the greater the risk they will develop skin cancer. She notes there are plenty of safe tanning alternatives available, and there is absolutely no need for young people to take this unnecessary health risk.
    Another piece of pending legislation would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.  The measure was endorsed in a House committee Wednesday, with it’s sponsor calling the hand-held cellphone a huge distraction while driving a car.
    Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, who sponsored the legislation, says drivers using a hand-held cellphone are eight times more likely to be in an accident, and notes California experienced a “dramatic” drop in accidents when that state adopted a similar ban.
    Illinois already bans texting while driving, and 76 communities across the state have some restrictions on use of hand-held cellphones while driving, which was one reason a Verizon representative testified in favor of the measure. In the current situation, Illinois cellphone customers do not know where they might get ticketed, the Verizon representative said.