SPRINGFIELD — A Belleville lawmaker wants to prevent people from taking cell phone photographs or videos of accidents.

State Rep. Thomas Holbrook, a Democrat, is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit people from using cell phones to snap photos or shoot video within 500 feet of emergency scenes.

Holbrook said this behavior interferes with emergency personnel.

“It’s very inappropriate when someone’s under that type of trauma to have someone sticking a phone inside a car taking a picture or video of them suffering,” Holbrook said.

The Illinois Fire Chiefs Association supports the legislation.

The House Transportation Committee approved the measure without opposition Wednesday, and now it will go to the House floor.

The legislation is House Bill 1984.

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