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How Many People in Yorkville Have Been Caught Talking and Driving?

The cell phone driving ban went into effect on Jan. 1.

Patch file photo. Photo credit: Joel Sartore/Getty.
Patch file photo. Photo credit: Joel Sartore/Getty.

“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.

How has the cell phone ban affected you? Have you invested in a hands-free device?

CJ January 19, 2014 at 02:50 PM
I saw more than one person on their phone this morning - one lady put her phone down as she passed a police car at 126/47, then promptly put it back to her ear after passing him....

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