A Chicago City Council committee today unanimously passed a proposed ban on sending text messages while driving in Chicago. The new restriction which would also cover using wireless devices to browse the Internet builds on the 2005 cell phone rule. Violators could face a $75 fine, with the penalty rising to as much as $200 if the violations “occurred at the time of a traffic accident.” Illinois Secretary of State is also pushing for a statewide ban on texting while driving. Eight states, including California, have already done so. This ban is aimed to reduce the amount of automobile accidents that occur because of cell phones. Recently a train engineer was texting on his cell phone immediately before a major train accident. To read the full story, click here.