“On the road, off the phone.”
That’s what signage is flashing on expressways all across Illinois to remind drivers to get off their cell phone (unless they're using a hands-free device).
The cell phone ban law went into effect on Jan. 1 and prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Previously, drivers were only not able to talk on their phones while in school or construction zones.
Fines start at $75 for the first offense and increase up to $150 for repeat offenders.
In Yorkville, Deputy Chief Larry Hilt said Police have found one person violating the law since Jan. 1.
For the first month, Hilt said it is up to the officer’s discretion on whether to issue a warning or a citation.
In this case, the officer issued a written warning to the violator.