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Statewide Cell Phone Driving Ban Now Official: Quinn Signs Law

New law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Illinois drivers who want to chat and and drive will have to invest in some hands-free technology starting next winter.

On Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation banning the use of hand-held cell phones will driving statewide. Use of hand-held phones is already illegal in construction zones and school zones.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2014, imposes fees starting at $75 for drivers caught gabbing behind the wheel.

What do you think of the statewide ban? Is it necessary? Is talking and driving as dangerous as texting and driving?

Bob Allen August 20, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Not good.
JasonH August 20, 2013 at 09:14 AM
What was the research done to justify this ban? Have accidents increased 5%? 50%? 100%? Without presenting facts, it seems like more liberal, nanny government. You cannot legislate stupid away.
Jax or Better August 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM
What about putting on make-up? Or shaving? I see this all the time. Want to see what happens when Miss Maybelline sticks a mascara stick in her eye while going down the road? No, neither do I. There already is a "distracted driving" law in Illinois. How about enforcing the laws we have instead of making more. Jason, you got it right. Just another intrusion by a liberal government.
Sara August 20, 2013 at 01:16 PM
How about when the officers themselves are on the phone or texting while driving? I have seen it numerous times. Who's going to be able to write them a ticket?
Scott Harmon August 20, 2013 at 09:36 PM
What happens if you see an accident and report it, or you are being followed?

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