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Bill Would Ban Photos At Accident Scenes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) – A state lawmaker doesn’t want drivers to stop and take pictures or videos of vehicle accidents.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, a measure to ban that practice has passed an Illinois House committee.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville), says amateur photographers often get in the way of emergency personnel.

“Putting your cell phone over the firemen’s shoulders as he’s using the jaws of life, maybe to get your grandmother of the front seat of her car while she’s bleeding,” Holbrook said. “You never know with these things. These are horrendous situations for individuals.”

Holbrook says accident victims would still be able to take pictures for insurance purposes.

But the bill says no person may use a wireless device within 500 feet of an accident, except for specified purposes.


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Old 03-05-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: Bill Would Ban Photos At Accident Scenes

From an ethical point of view it's ok, but from a constitutional point of view it's just another law made to slowly erode what rights you had in the first place, besides I thought the cops were supposed to keep people way back out of the way so to speak.
I see how this bill could be abused too, imagine some high ranking politician gets caught with a hooker, and someone whips out a phone and gets it on film.....all said politician would have to do is say he hit the bumper of a parked car and as such that footage was illegally gained and therefore can't be sold or aired anywhere.

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Re: Bill Would Ban Photos At Accident Scenes

Can we still point?

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Old 03-05-2011, 10:13 PM
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Can we still point?
No pointers get a huge fine. only on DR is it free to point.

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Re: Bill Would Ban Photos At Accident Scenes

I can understand the part about amateur photographers getting in the way of fire fighters and paramedics. But 500 ft? Kind of extreme. Maximum should be about 100 ft.

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They are wasting their time.

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Re: Bill Would Ban Photos At Accident Scenes

Don't they have more important things to do? Like I don't know, preserve our freedom, reduce debt and not coming up with more ridiculous laws?

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Re: Bill Would Ban Photos At Accident Scenes

What about flip-flops? We wanna point at the flip-flops!

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So this would make it illegal for news crews to report on accidents then. Because they couldn't be near the scene.

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What about flip-flops? We wanna point at the flip-flops!
And the dudes with their pants down!

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